1 Kings 20
Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots;
and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.
he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,
3Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest,
4And the king of Israel answered
and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
5And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Benhadad, saying, Although
I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;
6Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time, and they shall
search thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall
put it in their hand, and take it away.
the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief: for
he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.
8And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor
9Wherefore he said unto the messengers
of Benhadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I will do: but this thing I may
not do. And the messengers departed, and brought him word again.
10And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria
shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.
the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it
12And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad
heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves
in array. And they set themselves in array against the city.
behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude?
behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
14And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Even by the young men
of the princes of the provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.
15Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were
two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven thousand.
16And they went out at noon. But Benhadad
was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings that helped him.
17And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out first; and Benhadad
sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men come out of Samaria.
18And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for
war, take them alive.
19So these young men
of the princes of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them.
20And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them:
and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen.
21And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great
22And the prophet came to the king
of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the return of the year the
king of Syria will come up against thee.
the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but
let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.
24And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their rooms:
25And number thee an army, like the army that
thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall
be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.
26And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to
Aphek, to fight against Israel.
children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them
like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.
28And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because
the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great
multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
29And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the
battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.
30But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty
and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.
31And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the
house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out
to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.
they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant
Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
33Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and
did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came forth to him;
and he caused him to come up into the chariot.
Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for
thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant
with him, and sent him away.
35And a certain
man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused
to smite him.
36Then said he unto him, Because
thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon
as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.
he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
38So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself
with ashes upon his face.
39And as the king
passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned
aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life,
or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.
as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself
hast decided it.
41And he hasted, and took
the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.
42And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy
hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.
43And the king of Israel went to his house
heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.