1Joram became king of Israel in Samaria. It was in the 18th year that Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. Joram ruled for 12 years. He was the son of Ahab.2Joram did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. But he wasn't as bad as his father and mother had been. His father had made a sacred stone that was used to worship the god Baal. Joram got rid of it.3But he kept on committing the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. Jeroboam had also caused Israel to commit those same sins. Joram didn't turn away from them.4Mesha raised sheep. He was king of Moab. He had to supply the king of Israel with 100,000 lambs a year. He also had to supply him with the wool of 100,000 rams a year.5Ahab died. Moab's king refused to obey the next king of Israel.6So at that time King Joram started out from Samaria. He gathered all of Israel's troops together.7He also sent a message to Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah. It said, “The king of Moab is refusing to obey me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” “Yes. I'll go with you,” he replied. “My men will go with you. My horses will also go with you.”8“What road should we take to attack Moab?” Joram asked. “The one that goes through the Desert of Edom,” Jehoshaphat answered.9So the king of Israel started out. The king of Judah and the king of Edom went with him. Their armies marched around the southern end of the Dead Sea. After seven days they ran out of water. There wasn't any water for the men or their animals.10“What should we do now?” exclaimed the king of Israel. “The Lord has called us three kings together. Did he do it only to hand us over to Moab?”11But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn't there a prophet of the Lord here? Can't we ask the Lord for advice through him?” An officer of the king of Israel spoke up. He answered, “Elisha is here. He's the son of Shaphat. Elisha used to serve Elijah.”12Jehoshaphat said, “The Lord speaks through him.” So the king of Israel went down to see Elisha. Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom also went there.13Elisha spoke to the king of Israel. He said, “What do you and I have in common? Go to your father's prophets. Go to your mother's prophets.” “No,” the king of Israel answered. “The Lord called us three kings together. He did it to hand us over to Moab.”14Elisha said, “I serve the Lord who rules over all. You can be sure that he lives. And you can be just as sure that I have respect for Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah. If I didn't, I wouldn't look at you or even notice you.15But now bring me someone who plays the harp.” While that person was playing the harp, the Lord's powerful hand came on Elisha.16Elisha announced, “The Lord says, ‘Dig a lot of ditches in this valley.’17Do it because the Lord says, ‘You will not see wind or rain. But this valley will be filled with water. Then you, your cattle and your other animals will have water to drink.’18“That's an easy thing for the Lord to do. He will also hand Moab over to you.19You will destroy every city that has high walls around it. You will destroy every major town. You will cut down every good tree. You will stop up all of the springs of water. And you will cover every good field with stones.”20The next day, the time came to offer the morning sacrifice. And then it happened! Water was flowing from the direction of Edom! In fact, the land was filled with water!21Now all of the people of Moab had heard that the kings had come to fight against them. So Moab sent for all of its fighting men. It didn't matter whether they were young or old. They sent for everyone who could carry a weapon. All of them were stationed at the border.22They got up early in the morning. The sun was already shining on the water. Across the way, the water looked red to the men of Moab. It looked like blood.23“That's blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and killed each other. Let's go, Moab! Let's take everything that has any value.”24So the men of Moab went to the camp of Israel. Just as they arrived there, the men of Israel got ready to fight. They fought against the men of Moab until they ran away. The men of Israel marched into the land and attacked it. They killed the people of Moab.25They destroyed the towns. Each man threw a large stone on every good field. They did that until the fields were covered. They stopped up all of the springs of water. And they cut down every good tree. The only town that was left with any stones in place was Kir Hareseth. But men who were armed with slings surrounded it. Then they attacked it.26The king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him. So he took with him 700 men who had swords. They tried to break through the battle lines to the king of Edom. But they couldn't do it.27Then the king of Moab got his oldest son. He was the son who would become the next king after him. He offered his son as a sacrifice on the city wall. That shocked and terrified the men of Israel. So they pulled back. And they returned to their own land.
2 Kings 3
English Standard Version
Moab Rebels Against Israel
1In the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twelve years. (2Ki 1:17)2He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made. (Ex 23:24; 1Ki 16:31; 2Ki 10:26)3Nevertheless, he clung to the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it. (1Ki 12:28; 1Ki 12:31; 1Ki 14:16)4Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to deliver to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams. (Isa 16:1)5But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. (2Ki 1:1)6So King Jehoram marched out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel.7And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” (1Ki 22:4)8Then he said, “By which way shall we march?” Jehoram answered, “By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”9So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them. (1Ki 22:47)10Then the king of Israel said, “Alas! The Lord has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.” (Jos 7:7)11And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” (1Ki 19:21; 1Ki 22:7; 2Ki 2:25; Joh 13:4)12And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.13And Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.” But the king of Israel said to him, “No; it is the Lord who has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.” (1Ki 18:19; 1Ki 22:6; 2Ki 3:10; Eze 14:3)14And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you. (1Ki 17:1; 2Ki 5:16)15But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him. (1Sa 10:5; 1Ki 18:46; 1Ch 25:1; Eze 1:3; Eze 3:14; Eze 3:22; Eze 8:1; Eze 37:1; Eze 40:1)16And he said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.’17For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.’18This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord. He will also give the Moabites into your hand,19and you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree and stop up all springs of water and ruin every good piece of land with stones.” (2Ki 3:25; Isa 25:2)20The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water. (Ex 29:39)21When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border.22And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood.23And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!”24But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them. And they went forward, striking the Moabites as they went.25And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it. (2Ki 3:19; Isa 15:1; Isa 16:7; Isa 16:11; Jer 48:31; Jer 48:36)26When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him 700 swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom, but they could not. (Jud 20:2)27Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land. (Am 2:1; Mic 6:7)