What The Bible Really says 2018 – Day 142: 1 Kings 22; 2 Chr 18; Matt 2

1 Kings 22; 2 Chr 18; Matt 2

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The following text is from the English Standard Version.


1 Kings 22

For three years Syria and Israel continued without war.
But in the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
And the king of Israel said to his servants, ”Do you know that Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we keep quiet and do not take it out of the hand of the king of Syria?”
And he said to Jehoshaphat, ”Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth-gilead?” And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, ”I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, ”Inquire first for the word of the LORD.”
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, ”Shall I go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, ”Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
But Jehoshaphat said, ”Is there not here another prophet of the LORD of whom we may inquire?”
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, ”Let not the king say so.”
Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, ”Bring quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.”
Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes, at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, ”Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.”’
And all the prophets prophesied so and said, ”Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”
And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, ”Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.”
But Micaiah said, ”As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I will speak.”
And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, ”Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, ”Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”
But the king said to him, ”How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”
And he said, ”I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.”’
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
And Micaiah said, ”Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left;
and the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another.
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’
And the LORD said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’
Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the LORD has declared disaster for you.”
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, ”How did the Spirit of the LORD go from me to speak to you?”
And Micaiah said, ”Behold, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.”
And the king of Israel said, ”Seize Micaiah, and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son,
and say, ‘Thus says the king, ”Put this fellow in prison and feed him meager rations of bread and water, until I come in peace.””’
And Micaiah said, ”If you return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, ”Hear, all you peoples!”
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, ”Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel.”
And when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, ”It is surely the king of Israel.” So they turned to fight against him. And Jehoshaphat cried out.
And 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 at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, ”Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.”
And the battle continued that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians, until at evening he died. And the blood of the wound flowed into the bottom of the chariot.
And about sunset a cry went through the army, ”Every man to his city, and every man to his country!”
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria. And they buried the king in Samaria.
And they washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the LORD that he had spoken.
Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did, and the ivory house that he built and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
So Ahab slept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
He walked in all the way of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD. Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel.
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed, and how he warred, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
And from the land he exterminated the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa.
There was no king in Edom; a deputy was king.
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.
Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, ”Let my servants go with your servants in the ships,” but Jehoshaphat was not willing.
And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father, and Jehoram his son reigned in his place.
Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned two years over Israel.
He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
He served Baal and worshiped him and provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger in every way that his father had done.


2 Chr 18

Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor, and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab.
After some years he went down to Ahab in Samaria. And Ahab killed an abundance of sheep and oxen for him and for the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead.
Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, ”Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead?” He answered him, ”I am as you are, my people as your people. We will be with you in the war.”
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, ”Inquire first for the word of the LORD.”
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, ”Shall we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, ”Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.”
But Jehoshaphat said, ”Is there not here another prophet of the LORD of whom we may inquire?”
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, ”Let not the king say so.”
Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, ”Bring quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.”
Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes. And they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, ”Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.”’
And all the prophets prophesied so and said, ”Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”
And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, ”Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.”
But Micaiah said, ”As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I will speak.”
And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, ”Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And he answered, ”Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand.”
But the king said to him, ”How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”
And he said, ”I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.”’
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
And Micaiah said, ”Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab the king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another.
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the LORD said to him, ‘By what means?’
And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’
Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The LORD has declared disaster concerning you.”
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, ”Which way did the Spirit of the LORD go from me to speak to you?”
And Micaiah said, ”Behold, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.”
And the king of Israel said, ”Seize Micaiah and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son,
and say, ‘Thus says the king, Put this fellow in prison and feed him with meager rations of bread and water until I return in peace.”’
And Micaiah said, ”If you return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, ”Hear, all you peoples!”
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ”I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.
Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots, ”Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel.”
As soon as the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, ”It is the king of Israel.” So they turned to fight against him. And Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; God drew them away from him.
For as soon as 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 at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, ”Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.”
And the battle continued that day, and the king of Israel was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening. Then at sunset he died.



Matt 2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
saying, ”Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They told him, ”In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
”And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ”Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ”Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt
and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ”Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
saying, ”Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.
And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: ”He shall be called a Nazarene.”



The reading plan I’ve chosen is from Bible Class Material and it’s a 5 day plan, with weekend days to catch up or get ahead or just take a break!
http://www.bibleclassmaterial.com/BibleReadingSchedule2017forBCM.pdf

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