heights of Gilead, a city of refuge on the east of Jordan; called "Ramoth in Gilead" (Deut. 4:43; Josh. 20:8; 21:38). Here Ahab, who joined Jehoshaphat in an endeavour to rescue it from the hands of the king of Syria, was mortally wounded (1 Kings 22:1-36). A similar attempt was afterwards made by Ahaziah and Joram, when the latter was wounded (2 Kings 8:28). In this city Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, was anointed by one of the sons of the prophets (9:1, 4). It has with probability been identified with Reimun, on the northern slope of the Jabbok, about 5 miles west of Jerash or Gerasa, one of the cities of Decapolis. Others identify it with Gerosh, about 25 miles north-east of es-Salt, with which also many have identified it. (See RAMATH-MIZPEH ØT0003066.)
Ahab had by treaty agreed to surrender the city of ramoth-gilead to the Syrian monarch and had not fulfilled his pledge.
As yet Jehu had not transferred the army from ramoth-gilead.
The call came to him as he was directing the siege of ramoth-gilead.
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, "Wilt thou go with me to battle to ramoth-gilead?"
After having put Micaiah into prison for speaking the truth to him, he went up to ramoth-gilead; and yet he felt he was not safe.
They naturally talked about the war, and lamented the fall of ramoth-gilead.
Perhaps it would have been impossible for Ahab alone to regain possession of ramoth-gilead by force of arms.
And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?
This was the appearance of a young prophet at ramoth-gilead, whom Elisha had sent with an important message.
So far as we know, he never returned to ramoth-gilead, of which indeed we hear no more.