Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria in the 18th year of King Jehoshaphat of Judah, and he reigned for 12 years. He kept doing what was bad in Jehovah's eyes, but not to the extent of his father or his mother, for he removed the sacred pillar of Baal that his father had made. However, he clung to the sins that Jeroboam the son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit. He did not depart from them.
Now Mesha the king of Moab was a sheep raiser, and he used to pay 100,000 lambs and 100,000 unshorn rams as tribute to the king of Israel. As soon as Ahab died, the king of Moab revolted against the king of Israel. So King Jehoram went out on that day from Samaria and mustered all Israel. He also sent a message to King Jehoshaphat of Judah, saying: "The king of Moab has revolted against me. Will you go with me to war against Moab?" To this he said: "I will go. I am the same as you. My people are the same as your people. My horses are the same as your horses." Then he asked: "By which way should we go up?" He replied: "By the way of the wilderness of Edom."
The king of Israel then set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After they journeyed roundabout for seven days, there was no water for the domestic animals that were following behind them. The king of Israel said: "How terrible! Jehovah has called these three kings, only to give them into the hand of Moab!" At that Jehoshaphat said: "Is there no prophet of Jehovah here through whom we may inquire of Jehovah?" So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered: "There is Elisha the son of Shaphat, who used to pour out water on the hands of Elijah." Then Jehoshaphat said: "The word of Jehovah is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
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