18:1 Jehoshaphat was very wealthy and greatly respected. He made an alliance by marriage with Ahab, 18:2 and after several years 1 went down to visit 2 Ahab in Samaria. 3 Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle to honor Jehoshaphat and those who came with him. 4 He persuaded him to join in an attack 5 against Ramoth Gilead. 18:3 King Ahab of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I will support you; my army is at your disposal and will support you in battle.” 6
1 tn Heb “at the end of years.”
2 tn The word “visit” is supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
4 tn Heb “and Ahab slaughtered for him sheep and cattle in abundance, and for the people who were with him.”
5 tn Heb “to go up.”
6 tn Heb “Like me, like you; and like your people, my people; and with you in battle.”