The death of King Ahab at Ramoth-gilead (1 Kings 22:29-22:36)

“So the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. The king of Israel said to King Jehoshaphat. ‘I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.’ So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. Now the king of Aram had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots. ‘Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.’ When the captains of the chariots saw King Jehoshaphat, they said. ‘It is surely the king of Israel.’ So they turned to fight against him. However King Jehoshaphat cried out.  When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. But a certain man drew his bow and unknowingly struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. So King Ahab said to the driver of his chariot. ‘Turn around. Carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.’ The battle grew hot that day. The king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans, until at evening he died. The blood from the wound flowed into the bottom of the chariot. Then about sunset a shout went through the army. ‘Every man to his city. Every man to his country!’”

King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat went out together to do battle with the Arameans at Ramoth-gilead on the east side of the Jordan River. King Ahab must have expected something because he disguised himself and sent King Jehoshaphat with full robes into battle. In fact, the king of the Arameans had told his 32 captains to kill King Ahab and not anyone else. Obviously the Arameans saw King Jehoshaphat with all his royal robes so that they thought that he was King Ahab. They started to fight against him until King Jehoshaphat cried out to go to battle. Then they realized that is was not King Ahab. However, King Ahab was struck by a stray arrow that caused him to bleed in his chariot. He died at the end of the day as his blood dripped to the bottom of his chariot. All the troops scattered as had been the prophecy of Micaiah. Everything was going as Micaiah had prophesized.

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