Things you find in 2 Chronicles 18: Bible sarcasm and false prophets dramatically outnumbering the real ones

Really, folks, you need to read the entire Bible.  So many great things in the word of God!  Every now and then you’ll find sarcasm in the Bible.  I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much, but I do.

In this example, the king asks 400 false prophets whether he should go into battle and they all say yes.  Then he asks a real prophet who gives him an initial sarcastic answer and then the truth.

2 Chronicles 18:5–6 (ESV)

5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.” 6 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire?”

2 Chronicles 18:11–16 (ESV)

11 And all the prophets prophesied so and said, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”

12 And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 13 But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak.” 14 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And he answered, “Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand.” 15 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?” 16 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’ ”


The king ignores the real prophet and gets killed in battle.

So don’t be surprised when you feel outnumbered by frauds like the “Christian” Left.  Those worldly people* are bound to outnumber authentic believers.

Oh, and do listen to the real prophets whose testimony is in the Bible.  Do not trust the false teachers who try to discredit the Bible.

P.S. This story is so good it is also told in 1 Kings 22.


*Churchgoers who support “same-sex marriage” have nearly identical views to the world. It shows who their real father is. Jude 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “Things you find in 2 Chronicles 18: Bible sarcasm and false prophets dramatically outnumbering the real ones”

  1. I have always loved that story. It has such impressive components. Not the least of which is that the king knew Micaiah was not telling the truth when he told the king what he wanted to hear and knew the truth was that the king was in the wrong. He still did it. (I love the part about Jehoshaphat dressing up in royal garb to be the target while Ahab went “camo” to avoid being the target because Jehoshaphat knew who God’s target was.)

    I believe they do know the truth, but deny it. And it will bite them in the end.


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