“And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.” - 1 Kings 22:26, 27.
Before Jehoshaphat king of Judah and King Ahab went to war against Syria, they agreed to first hear from the prophets as to the outcome of their mission. The 400 false prophets that Ahab mustered told him he would win the battle. But King Jehoshaphat advised that they still hear from a true prophet of God. Ahab mentioned Micaiah but said, “I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil”. (1Kings 22:8) Micaiah firmly rejected overtures for him to tell the king what he would love to hear - that he would win the war. (1Kings 22:13) Annoyed by what he saw as impudence, King Ahab ordered that Micaiah be imprisoned under hard conditions until he returned victorious, as stated in the citation for today. At the end of the day – in spite of his disguise – Ahab was mortally wounded in the battle, but God saved Jehoshaphat. Micaiah suffered for the truth but was vindicated in the end. We should hold to the truth, even if it is unpalatable to us, and not listen to praise singers. It is the truth that prevails eventually. (Job 32:21, 22; John 8:31,32) But for the grace of God, Jehoshaphat would have been killed, teaching us that we should not join hands with the wicked, just to please men. See 2 Chronicles 19:1,2; Proverbs 29:25; Galatians 1:10.