Rulers 1 (Kings) 20-22

     20[1-6] Ben Hadad, the Ruler of Syria, gathered all his troops together; and there were 32 Rulers with him, and horses and war vehicles; and he went and surrounded Samaria, and fought against it.He sent messengers to Ahab, Ruler of Israel, into the city, saying to him, Ben Hadad says,Your silver and gold is mine; your wives and children also, even the best, are mine.”               The Ruler of Israel answered, “ Whatever you say, Oh Ruler; I’m yours, and whatever I have.The messengers came again, saying, Ben Hadad, says, “I truly sent to you, saying, “You’ll give me your silver and gold, and your wives and children; but I’ll send my workers to you tomorrow about this time, and they’ll search your house, and the houses of your followers; and it will be, that whatever is pleasant in your eyes, they’ll put their hands on it, and take it away.”

[7-11] Then the Ruler of Israel called all the elders of the land, saying, “Please notice how this man looks for trouble because he sent to me for my wives and children, and for my silver and gold; and I didn’t deny him.” All the elders and the people said to him, “Don’t listen, nor let him do it.”So he said to the messengers of Ben Hadad, “Tell the Ruler, What you sent for to your follower at the first I’ll do; but this I won’t do.” The messengers left, and brought him word again. Ben Hadad sent to him, saying, “The gods do so to me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria will be enough for a handful for each of those who follow me.”The Ruler of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Don’t let him who puts on his armor brag about himself as those who take it off.’”

     [12-15] When Ben Hadad heard this message as he and the Rulers were drinking in the tents, he said to his workers, Get ready. They got themselves ready to go against the city.Then a preacher came to Ahab, Ruler of Israel, saying, Yahweh says, “Have you seen all this great number? I’ll hand it over to you today; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.”Ahab said, “By whom?” He said, “Yahweh says, ‘By the young people of the leaders of the countries.’” Then he said, “Who will begin the battle?” He answered, “You.” Then he called the young people of the leaders of the countries, and they were 232; and after them he called all the people of Israel, who were 7,000.

     [16-22] They went out at noon, but Ben Hadad was drinking himself drunk in the tents, he and the Rulers, the 32 leaders who helped him.The young people of the leaders of the countries went out first; and Ben Hadad sent out, and they told him, “There are men come out from Samaria.” He said, “Whether they have come out for peace or war, take them alive. So these went out of the city, the young people of the leaders of the countries, and the troops which followed them. They each killed a soldier; and the Syrians ran, and Israel chased them; and Ben Hadad, the Ruler of Syria, escaped on a horse with riders.       The Ruler of Israel went out, and fought those with horses and war vehicles, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter.               The preacher came to the Ruler of Israel, saying to him, “Go, strengthen yourself, and mark, and see what you do because at the first of the year the Ruler of Syria will come against you again.

[23-27] The workers of the Ruler of Syria said to him, “Their god is a god of the hills; so they were stronger than we; but let’s fight against them in the field, and truly we’ll be stronger than them.Do this; take the Rulers away, everyone out of their place, and put captains in their place; and number you an army, like the troops that you’ve lost, horse for horse, and war vehicle for war vehicle; and we’ll fight against them in the field, and truly we’ll be stronger than them.” He listened to them, and did so.  At the first of the year, Ben Hadad called the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.The people of Israel were called, and were given what they needed, and went against them; and the people of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.

     [28-32] A follower of God came saying to the Ruler of Israel, “Yahweh says, ‘Because the Syrians have said, ‘Yahweh is a god of the hills, but isn’t a god of the valleys,’ I’ll give all this great number to you, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.’” They camped next to one another seven days. So in the 7th day the battle began; and the people of Israel killed of the Syrians 100,000 foot soldiers in one day.But the rest ran to Aphek, into the city; and the wall fell on the 27,000 soldiers who were left. Ben Hadad ran, and came into the city, into an inner room.His workers said to him, “See now, we’ve heard that the Rulers of the house of Israel are merciful Rulers; let’s ask for mercy, put on mourning clothes, and ropes on our heads, and go out to the Ruler of Israel; maybe he’ll save your life.” So they put on mourning clothes, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the Ruler of Israel, saying, “Your follower Ben Hadad says, please let me live.” He said, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”

 [33-34] Now the men watched carefully, and tried to catch whether it was his mind to show mercy; and they said quickly, “Your brother Ben Hadad.” Then he said, “Go, bring him.” Then Ben Hadad came out to him; and he made him come up into the war vehicle.Ben Hadad said to him, “The cities which my father took from your father I’ll give back; and you’ll make streets for you in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Ahab said, “I‘ll let you go with this agreement.” So he made an agreement with him, and let him go.

     [35-43] A certain man of the descendants of the preachers said to another by the word of Yahweh, “Please hit me. The other refused to hit him.Then he said to him, “Because you haven’t obeyed the voice of Yahweh, as soon as you’ve left from me, a lion will kill you.” As soon as he had left from him, a lion found him, and killed him.Then he found another man, saying, Please hit me. That one hit him, wounding him.So the preacher left, and waited for the Ruler on the road, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.As the Ruler passed by, he called to the Ruler; and said, “Your follower went out into the midst of the battle; and see, a man turned around, and brought another to me, saying, Keep this man; if by any means he is missing, then your life will be given for his life, or else you’ll pay 75 lbs  of silver.As Your follower was busy here and there, he was gone.” The Ruler of Israel said to him, “So your judgment will be as said; you yourself have decided it.He hurried, and took the headband away from his eyes; and the Ruler of Israel knew that he was of the preachers.He said to him, “Yahweh says, ‘Because you’ve let go out of your hand the man whom I had dedicated to destruction, so your life will go for his life, and your people for his people.”The Ruler of Israel went to his house sullen and angry, and came to Samaria.


     21[1-7] Afterwards, Naboth, the Jezreelite, had a vineyard which was in Jezreel, next to the house of Ahab, Ruler of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it’s near to my house; and I’ll give you a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to you, I’ll give you what it’s worth in money. Naboth said to Ahab, “Yahweh forbids me to give the inheritance of my ancestors to you.”Ahab came into his house sullen and angry because of the word which Naboth had said to him because he had said, “I won’t give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He laid down on his bed, and turned his face away, and would eat nothing.But Jezebel, his wife, came to him, saying to him, “Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat nothing?”He said to her, “Because I asked Naboth, the Jezreelite, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it please you, I’ll give you another vineyard for it;’ and he answered, ‘I won’t give you my vineyard.’” Jezebel, his wife, said to him, “Don’t you now rule the nation of Israel? Get up, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry; I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth.”  

     [8-13] So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and to the leaders who were in his city, and who lived with Naboth.She wrote in the letters, “Call a fast, and set Naboth in a place of honor among the people; and set two evil men before him, and let them testify against him, saying, “You cursed God and the Ruler.” Then carry him out, and stone him to death. The people of his city, the elders and leaders who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them. They called for a fast, and set Naboth in a place of honor among the people.The two evil men, came in and sat before him; and they acted as witnesses against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the Ruler.” Then they carried him out of the city, and stoned him to death with stones.

     [14-19] Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, We stoned Naboth, and he is dead.When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned, and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Get up, go take the vineyard of Naboth, the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money because Naboth isn’t alive, but dead.” When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up to go to Naboth’s vineyard to take it.  The word of Yahweh came to Elijah, the Tishbite, saying, “Get up, go down to meet Ahab, Ruler of Israel, who lives in Samaria; he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he is gone down to take it. You’ll speak to him, saying, ‘Yahweh says, Have you killed and also taken it?’ You’ll speak to him, saying, ‘Yahweh says, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth will dogs lick your blood.”  

     [20-26] Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, my enemy?” He answered, “I’ve found you, because you’ve sold yourself to do what’s evil to Yahweh.Yahweh says,‘See, I’ll bring evil on you, and will completely put an end to you and will kill every boy of your family, and those who are imprisoned and those who are free in Israel; and I’ll make your house like the house of Jeroboam of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha of Ahijah for how you’ve made Me angry, and have made Israel to sin.’Of Jezebel, Yahweh also said, ‘The dogs will eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.Thosewho die of Ahab in the city the dogs will eat; and those who die in the field the birds of the sky will eat.’” (But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do what Yahweh said was evil, whom Jezebel, his wife, stirred up.He did very evil in worshipping false gods, like what the Amorites did whom Yahweh threw out before the people of Israel.)  When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes, and put mourning clothes on him, and fasted, and lay in mourning clothes, and went quietly.The word of Yahweh came to Elijah, the Tishbite, saying, “See how Ahab humbles himself before me? Because he humbles himself before me, I won’t bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days I’ll bring the evil on his house.”


     22[1-5] They continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. In the third year, Jehoshaphat the Ruler of Judah came down to the Ruler of Israel. The Ruler of Israel said to his workers, “You know that Ramoth Gilead is ours, and we haven’t yet taken it from the Ruler of Syria?” He said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to Ramoth Gilead to fight?” Jehoshaphat said to the Ruler of Israel, “I’m as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” Jehoshaphat said to the Ruler of Israel, “Please ask first for the word of Yahweh.”          

     [6-9] Then the Ruler of Israel gathered 400 preachers together, saying to them, “Should I go against Ramoth Gilead to fight, or should I wait?” They said, “Go up because the Lord will put it into the power of the Ruler.”But Jehoshaphat said, “Isn’t there here a preacher of Yahweh besides these, that we may ask of him?”The Ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, there’s still one more by whom we may ask of Yahweh, Micaiah, of Imlah; but I hate him because he doesn’t say anything good about me, but only evil.” Jehoshaphat said, “Don’t let the Ruler say so.”Then the Ruler of Israel called an official, saying, “Get quickly Micaiah of Imlah.”

     [10-14] Now the Ruler of Israel and Jehoshaphat the Ruler of Judah were sitting each on his throne, clothed in their robes, in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the preachers were preaching before them.Zedekiah of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, saying, “Yahweh says, With these you’ll push the Syrians, until they’re all gone.”All the preachers agreed, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead, and do well because Yahweh will put it into the power of the Ruler.”         The messenger who went to call Micaiah said to him, “See now, the words of the preachers foretell good to the Ruler with agreement; please let your word be like the word of one of them, and say something good.”Micaiah said, “As Yahweh lives, I’ll say whatever Yahweh says to me.”

[15-18] When he had come to the Ruler, the Ruler said to him, “Micaiah, should we go to Ramoth Gilead to fight, or should we wait?” He answered him, “Go up and do well; and Yahweh will put it into the power of the Ruler.” Then the Ruler said to him, “How many times must I tell you that you say to me nothing but the truth in the Name of Yahweh?” He said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd; and Yahweh said, ‘These have no guide; let them go back home in peace.’” The Ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he wouldn’t preach anything good about me, but only evil?”

[19-28] Then Micaiah said, “So hear the word of Yahweh; I saw Yahweh sitting on a throne, and all the troops of heaven standing on the right and on the left.Yahweh said, ‘Who will trick Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ One said this; and another said that.Then a spirit came, and stood before Yahweh, saying, ‘I’ll trick him.’Yahweh said to him, ‘How?’ The spirit said, ‘I’ll go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his preachers.’ God said, ‘You’ll trick him, and will triumph also; go out, and do so.’So now, see, Yahweh has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your preachers; and Yahweh has foretold evil about you.” Then Zedekiah of Chenaanah came up, and hit Micaiah on the cheek, saying, “When did the Spirit of Yahweh go from me to speak to you?” Micaiah said, “See, you’ll see on the day when you go into an inner room to hide yourself.” The Ruler of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the Ruler’s son;  and say, The Ruler says, “Put this person in prison, and feed him with bread and water of trouble, until I come  back in peace.” Micaiah said, “If you come back at all in peace, Yahweh hasn’t spoken by me.” Then he said, “Listen, you peoples, all of you.”

  [29-34] So the Ruler of Israel and Jehoshaphat the Ruler of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.The Ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I’ll disguise myself, and go into the battle; but put on your own robes.” The Ruler of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.Now the Ruler of Syria had told the 32 captains of his war vehicles, saying, “Fight neither with small nor great, but only with the Ruler of Israel.” When the leaders of the war vehicles saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “Truly it’s the Ruler of Israel; and they turned around to fight him; and Jehoshaphat cried out.When the leaders of the war vehicles saw that it wasn’t the Ruler of Israel, they turned back from chasing him.A certain man drew his bow by chance, and hit the Ruler of Israel between the joints of the armor; so he said to the driver of his war vehicle, “Turn around, and carry me out of the troops because I’m severely wounded.

     [35-40] The battle increased that day; and the Ruler stayed in his war vehicle fighting against the Syrians, and died at evening; and the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the war vehicle. A cry went out through the troops about sundown, saying, Everyone, go to your city, and everyone, go to your country.So the Ruler died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the Ruler in Samaria.They washed the war vehicle by the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood while the prostitutes bathed there, as Yahweh had said.Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and what he did, and the ivory house which he built, and all the cities that he built, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel.So Ahab died; and Ahaziah his son ruled in his place.

     [41-47] Jehoshaphat, son of Asa began to rule over Judah in the 4th year of Ahab, Ruler of Israel. Jehoshaphat was 35 years old when he began to rule, and ruled 25 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.He did what Asa his father had done; He didn’t turn back from doing what was right to Yahweh; But the places of false worship weren’t taken away; and the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the places of false worship. Jehoshaphat made peace with the Ruler of Israel.Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his strength that he showed, and how he fought, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Judah. What was left of the homosexuals, that were left in the days of his father Asa, he put away out of the land. There was no Ruler in Edom; only an assistant ruled.

     [48-51] Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold; but they didn’t go because the ships were broken at Ezion Geber. Then Ahaziah, son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my people go with your people in the ships.” But Jehoshaphat wouldn’t do it. Jehoshaphat died, and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David, his ancestor; Jehoram, his son, ruled in his place.Ahaziah began to rule over Israel in Samaria in the 17th year of Jehoshaphat Ruler of Judah, and he ruled two years over Israel.He did what Yahweh said was evil, and did like his father and mother, and Jeroboam of Nebat, in  doing the sins with which he made Israel to sin. He served and worshipped that false god Baal, and made Yahweh, the God of Israel, very angry, like what his father had done.


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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