Three Kings Attack Moab
2 Kings 3:1-27 2 Kings [in Smaller Chunks]
Now, in the 18th year Jehoshaphat, [Judah's] king, [ruled,] Jehoram, [a.k.a. Joram], [Ahab's] son, [ruled] over Israel in Samaria & [ruled] 12 years. [Joram did wickedly,] in the sight of the Lord, but not like his father & mother; for he put away the image of Baal [a false god] that his father had made.
[But Joram still clung] to the sins of Jeroboam, [Nebat's] son, [who] made Israel sin [by worshiping the false gods Jeroboam made for Israel to worship, instead of the Lord God] & he didn't depart from [doing so].
Mesha, [Moab's] king, was a sheep [breeder & he gave] to [Israel's] king, 100,000 lambs & 100,000 rams with the wool. It [happened] when when Ahab was dead, [Moab's] king rebelled against [Israel's] king.
King [Joram] went out of Samaria the same time & [mustered] all Israel. [Joram] went & sent to Jehoshaphat, [Judah's] king, saying, The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go to battle with me against Moab?
[Jehoshaphat] said, I will go up. I am [like] you [are,] my people [like] your people & my horses [like] your horses & [asked,] Which [road] will we go up? [Joram] answered, The [road] through the Wilderness of Edom.
The [kings of:] Israel, Judah & Edom [got] a compass & [traveled] 7 days & there wasn't [any] water for the [army or] the [livestock] that followed them. The king of Israel said, Alas! [Has] the Lord called these 3 kings together to deliver them into the king of [Moab's] hand!
But Jehoshaphat said, Isn't there a prophet of the Lord, [so] we can [ask] of the Lord by him? One of the king of Israel's servants answered, [There] is Elisha, [Shaphat's] son, [who] poured water on the hands of Elijah.
Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So, Jehoshaphat & [Israel's] king & [Edom's] king went down to [Elisha]. Elisha said to [Israel's] king, What do I have [to] do with you? [Go] to the [false] prophets of your father & mother.
[Israel's] king said to [Elisha, No,] for the Lord [has] called these 3 kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab. Elisha said, As the Lord of Hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely, if it weren't that I [respected] Jeshophat so much, I wouldn't [even] look toward you, nor see you.
Now, bring me a musician. It [happened,] when the [musician] played, the hand of the Lord came upon [Elisha]. [Elisha] said, The Lord says [this,] Make this valley full of ditches.
The Lord says [this,] You shall not see wind nor rain, [but still] the valley shall be filled with water, [so] both you & your [livestock] can drink. But this is a [little] thing in the sight of the Lord. He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.
You shall [attack] every [fenced] city & the [best cities] & shall [cut down] every good tree & stop [up] all the wells of water & [ruin] every good piece of land, with [rocks].
It [happened] in the morning when the [meat/grain sacrifice] was offered. [Suddenly,] water came [down] by the [roadside] of Edom & the country was filled with water.
When all the Moabites heard the kings [had] come up to fight against them, they gathered all [who] were able to put on armor & [older] & stood [at] the border. They rose up early in the morning, the sun shone upon the water & the Moabites saw the water on the other side & [it looked] red [like] blood.
The [Moabites] said, This is blood. The kings have [killed] one another & are surely [dead]. Therefore, Moab, [Go & get the plunder]. When they came to the [Israelite's] camp, the Israelites rose up & [attacked] the Moabites.
So, the [Moabites] fled [in front of] them. But the [Israelites] went forward, attacking the Moabites. [The Israelites] beat down the cities & each man [threw rocks] on every good piece of land & they stopped [up] all the wells of water & [cut down] all the good trees.
They only left the [rocks in place] in Kir Haraseth. [However the rock] slingers [surrounded Moab & attacked] it. When [Moab's] king saw the battle was too [powerful] against him, he took 700 men & [their] swords with him to break through to the king of Edom, but couldn't.
Then, [Moab's king] took his eldest son [who] should have [ruled] in his [place] & offered him for a burnt sacrifice [a pagan ritual of those who worship false gods,] [at] the wall. The Israelites [were horrified] & [left] & returned to their own land.