Ahab Dies; Jehoshaphat Rebuked (1 Kings 22:29-40, 51-53; 2 Chronicles 18:28-19:11) January 26
Jehoshaphat is nearly killed when it turns out the Syrian strategy is to specifically target the man who has defeated them twice already, and Jehoshaphat is the only one looking the part. Chronicles reveals that it is God who intervenes to save him, while at the same time causing a random arrow to find its target between the joints of Ahab's armor, in the middle of his back.
When Jehoshaphat returns to Jerusalem, he is met by Jehu (son of Hanani), the same prophet God had sent to Israel's king Baasha more than 30 years earlier (1 Kings 16:1-7). It was Jehu's father, Hanani, who had been imprisoned by Jehoshaphat's father Asa for correcting him about not relying on God in his dealings with Syria (2 Chronicles 16:7-10). Now Jehu reprimands Jehoshaphat for forming an alliance with, and helping, Ahab. Unlike his father, Jehoshaphat apparently maintains a good attitude and continues to seek God, although he renews his alliance in treaties with Ahab's sons (2 Chronicles 20:35; 2 Kings 3:7).