“When Micaiah had come to King Ahab, the king said to him. ‘Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?’ He answered him. ‘Go up and triumph. They will give it into your hand.’ But the king said to him. ‘How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of Yahweh?’ Then Micaiah said. ‘I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. Yahweh said. ‘These have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’ The king of Israel said to King Jehoshaphat. ‘Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy anything favorable about me, but only disaster?’”
Once again, this is word for word from 1 Kings, chapter 22. Micaiah repeated what the other prophets had said. This should have pleased King Ahab. However, King Ahab wanted him to speak the truth, recognizing that he was mocking the other prophets. Micaiah then said that Israel would be scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. They would not have any leader. Thus they would return home in peace. This was a strange response. Since he appeared to favor the prophets until King Ahab told him to tell the truth in the name of Yahweh. Then Micaiah said that the Israelites would be scattered without a leader. King Ahab told King Jehoshaphat that he told him that this prophet would not say anything good about him. Strangely, it is not Elijah, who King Ahab had some problems with but this Micaiah, who does not appear elsewhere in the biblical literature. He is not the biblical prophet Micah, who appears later with his own biblical work.