2 Kings 3:5

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But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. (ASV)


According to the Mesha Stone the Moabite rebellion happened during the reign of Ahab, not after:

Omri was the king of Israel, and he oppressed Moab for many days, for Kemosh was angry with his land. And his son [= Ahab] reigned in his place; and he also said, "I will oppress Moab!" In my days he said so. But I looked down on him and on his house, and Israel has been defeated; it has been defeated forever!

--FreezBee 03:48, 31 Jan 2006 (CST)


As other records, like the Shalmanesser Obelisk indicate, the Northern Kingdom of Israel was known as "The House/Land of Omri." Given this, the chronicles of the day speak of a defeat, but not the manner of the defeat. Ahab's assassination and what would have been expected to be a civil war would be accounted a defeat to any enemy.


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