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 2 Kings 3:4 - 27
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   Book of 2 Kings
   Chapter 3
3:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Mesha king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to supply the king of Israel with a hundred thousand lambs and with the wool of a hundred thousand rams.
 
3:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
 
3:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel.
 
3:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?" "I will go with you," he replied. "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
 
3:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"By what route shall we attack?" he asked. "Through the Desert of Edom," he answered.
 
3:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.
 
3:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"What!" exclaimed the king of Israel. "Has the LORD called us three kings together only to hand us over to Moab?"
 
3:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?" An officer of the king of Israel answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. F3 "
 
3:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
3:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What do we have to do with each other? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother." "No," the king of Israel answered, "because it was the LORD who called us three kings together to hand us over to Moab."
 
3:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you.
 
3:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But now bring me a harpist." While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha
 
3:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and he said, "This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches.
 
3:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
 
3:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also hand Moab over to you.
 
3:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones."
 
3:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was - water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
 
3:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border.
 
3:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red - like blood.
 
3:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"That's blood!" they said. "Those kings must have fought and slaughtered each other. Now to the plunder, Moab!"
 
3:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites.
 
3:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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They destroyed the towns, and each man threw a stone on every good field until it was covered. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left with its stones in place, but men armed with slings surrounded it and attacked it as well.
 
3:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When the king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they failed.
 
3:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F3 That is, he was Elijah's personal servant.

 
 

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