18:12 Now the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the prophets are in complete agreement that the king will succeed. 1 Your words must agree with theirs; you must predict success!” 2 18:13 But Micaiah said, “As certainly as the Lord lives, I will say what my God tells me to say!”
18:14 Micaiah 3 came before the king and the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” He answered him, “Attack! You will succeed; they will be handed over to you.” 4 18:15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you solemnly promise in 5 the name of the Lord to tell me only the truth?” 18:16 Micaiah 6 replied, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd. Then the Lord said, ‘They have no master. They should go home in peace.’”
1 tn Heb “the words of the prophets are [with] one mouth good for the king.”
2 tn Heb “let your words be like one of them and speak good.”
3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Micaiah) has been specified in the translation both for clarity and for stylistic reasons.
4 sn One does not expect Micaiah, having just vowed to speak only what the
5 tn Or “swear an oath by.”
6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Micaiah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.