Seek many counselors but seek the ones who speak truth

2 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Ch 18.9–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 17–19 on June 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Solomon wrote: “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established” (Proverbs 15.22). The king of Israel wanted the king of Judah to go with him to war. So the king of Israel sought counsel and found many who agreed with him:

The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, clothed in their robes, sat each on his throne; and they sat at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said, “Thus says the LORD: With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed.” And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the king’s hand.”

– 2 Chronicles 18.9–11

First Kings 22 reveals that the, “all the prophets,” of the text above was about 400! However, as you will learn in the narrative, they were nothing more than yes-men, prophets who told the king what he wanted to hear.

Therefore, he was not following the wisdom of Proverbs 15.22. We need a multitude of counselors, advisers, but ones who speak the truth.

Questions:

  • What was the name of the false prophet in the text?
  • What did he make for himself?

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