2 Chronicles 18:7 MEANING

2 Chronicles 18:7
(7) He never prophesied good unto me, but always evil.--Literally, He is not prophesying to me for good, but all his days for evil. Kings: "He prophesieth not to me good but evil." The chronicler has aggravated the idea of opposition, by adding "all his days;" i.e., throughout his prophetic career. (Comp. Homer, Iliad, i. 106.)

Micaiah.--Heb., Mikay?h-, which presupposes an older Mik?y?h- ("Who like Iahu?"). Iahu is in all probability the oldest form of the Divine Name, Iah being an abridgment of it. Syriac and Arabic, "Micah"--the form in 2 Chronicles 18:14 (Heb.).

Imla.--He is full, or, he filleth; etymologically right.

Let not the king say so.--Jehoshaphat hears in the words a presentiment of evil, and deprecates the omen.

Verse 7. - The same is Micaiah. This true prophet of the Lord is known only here in recorded history, but it is evident he was otherwise well known to his generation and to Ahab (ver. 25). The outspokenness of Ahab and the sustained courtesy of Jehoshaphat are alike agreeable to notice in this verse.

18:1-34 Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahab. - This history we read in 1Ki 22. Abundant riches and honour give large opportunities of doing good, but they are attended with many snares and temptations. Men do not know much of the artifices of Satan and the deceitfulness of their own hearts, when they covet riches with the idea of being able to do good with them. What can hurt those whom God will protect? What can shelter those whom God will destroy? Jehoshaphat is safe in his robes, Ahab killed in his armour; for the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. We should be cautious of entangling ourselves in the worldly undertakings of evil men; and still more we should avoid engaging in their sinful projects. But, when they call upon him, God can and will bring his faithful people out of the difficulties and dangers into which they have sinfully run themselves. He has all hearts in his hand, so that he easily rescues them. Blessed is the man that putteth his trust in the Lord.And after certain years,.... Two years, according to the Syriac and Arabic versions, or in the third year after the affinity was contracted, see 1 Kings 22:2,

he went down to Ahab to Samaria; to pay him a visit upon the alliance, civil and matrimonial, contracted between them:

and Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him; entertained him and his retinue in a very grand and liberal manner:

and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead; from hence, to the end of the chapter, it is the same with 1 Kings 22:4.

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