1 Kings 20

Thomson(i) 1 Now when Son Ader had assembled all his army, he went up and sat down before Samaria. He had with him thirty two kings and all his cavalry and chariots. And when they had gone up and laid siege to Samaria and fought against it, 2 he sent to Achab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus saith Son Ader; 3 Thy silver and thy gold are mine. And thy wives and thy children are mine. 4 In reply to which the king of Israel said, As thou my lord, king, hast spoken, I am thine and all that I have. 5 Then the messengers returned and said, Thus saith Son Ader, I have sent to thee saying, Thy silver and thy gold and thy wives and thy children thou shalt give to me. 6 Therefore about this time to-morrow I will send my servants to thee, and they shall search thy house, and the houses of thy servants, and take all that are desirable in their eyes, upon which they can lay their hands. 7 Upon this 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 hath sent to me for my wives and for my children, even for my daughters. My gold and my silver I did not withhold from him. 8 Then the elders and all the people said to him, Thou must not hearken nor consent. 9 Thereupon he said to the messengers of Son Ader, Tell my lord, All that thou didst send to thy servant at first I will do; but this I cannot do. So the men went away; and when they carried him back this answer, 10 Son Ader sent to him saying, God do so to me and more also, if I do not make Samaria a jakes for all the people of my infantry. 11 In reply to which the king of Israel said, Enough! let not him who is crooked boast like him who is straight. 12 When this answer was delivered him, it happened that he and all the kings with him were drinking in tents, thereupon he said to his servants, Build up a mount. And when they had erected a mount against the city, 13 behold a certain prophet came to Achab king of Israel and said, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou seen this great multitude? Behold I deliver them up this day into thy hands, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. 14 And Achab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the Lord, By the younger sons of the chiefs of the communities. Then Achab said, Who shall begin the battle? And he said, Thou. 15 Upon this Achab reviewed the younger sons of the chiefs of the com 16 munities and they were two hundred and thirty. And after that he reviewed all the people of the army, seven thousand, and marched out at noon day. 16 Now Son Ader was revelling at Sokkoth, he and the kings, the thirty two kings his auxiliaries. 17 And when the younger sons of the chiefs of the communities first marched out, messengers were sent who told the king of Syria and said, There are men coming out of Samaria. 18 Whereupon he said to them, If they come out for peace, take them alive; or if they come out for battle take them alive and let them not get away out of the city. 19 The younger sons of the chiefs of the communities and the army that followed them had now smitten every one his man. 20 And when they repeated this, every one slaying his second man, Syria fled and Israel pursued them, And Son Ader king of Syria escaped on the horse of a cavalier. 21 And the king of Israel went out and took all the horses and the chariots. And when he had smitten Syria with great slaughter 22 the prophet came to the king of Israel and said, Strengthen thyself and consider and see what thou art to do. For at the return of the year Son Ader king of Syria will come up against thee. 23 As for the servants of the king of Syria they said, The God of Israel is a god of the mountains and not a god of the vallies; for this cause he prevailed over us. But if we fight them in the plain we shall surely be stronger than they. 24 Therefore do this. Send away the kings every one to his home and substitute commanders in their stead. 25 And let us raise for thee another army equal to that which is fallen, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. And we will fight them in the plain and prevail over them. So he hearkened to their voice and did accordingly. 26 And at the return of the year Son Ader reviewed the Syrians and came up to Aphek to fight Israel. 27 And the Israelites were mustered and went out to meet them. And when Israel had encamped over against them like two little flocks of kids, while Syria filled the country, 28 the man of God came and said to the king of Israel, Thus saith the Lord, Because Syria hath said, The Lord God of Israel is a god of the mountains, but he is not a god of the vallies, therefore I will deliver this great army into thy hand, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. 29 So having encamped against each other seven days, they came to an engagement on the seventh day; and Israel smote of the Syrians a hundred thousand footmen in one day, 30 and the residue fled to Aphek into the city, and the wall fell upon twenty seven thousand of the men who were left. And Son Ader fled, and when he got to the house of his abode into the inner chamber, 31 he said to his servants, I know that the kings of Israel are merciful. Let us, I pray you, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel. Perhaps he will spare our lives. 32 So when they had girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, they said to the king of Israel, Thus saith thy servant Son Ader, Let my life, I pray thee, be spared. To which he replied, Is he still alive? He is my brother. 33 Whereupon the men catched up the omen, and using it as a libation, they repeated the word which dropped from his mouth, and said, Thy brother, Son Ader. Then he said, Go in and bring him. So he came out. And when they had helped him up to Achab into the chariot, 34 he said to him, The cities which my father took from thy father I will restore to thee. And thou shalt make streets for thyself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria. On these terms, said Achab, I agree to let thee go. And when he had entered into covenant with him and let him go; 35 a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbour by the word of the Lord, Smite me, I pray thee; but the man would not smite him. 36 Whereupon he said to him, Because thou hast not hearkened to the word of the Lord, behold when thou departest from me a lion will smite thee. Accordingly when he went from him, a lion met him and slew him. 37 Then he met another man and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, and in smiting, wounded him. 38 Then the prophet went and waited for the king of Israel by the way side, with a bandage over his eyes. 39 And as the king was passing by, he cried with a loud voice to the king, and said, Thy servant went out to the field of battle, and behold a man brought me a man, and said to me, Keep this man. If by any means he escape, thy life shall answer for his life, or thou shalt pay a talent of silver. 40 Now it happened that while thy servant was looking about this way and that, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, Behold this is treachery. In my opinion thou art liable to death. 41 Thereupon he hasted and took the bandage from his eyes, and the king of Israel perceived that he was one of the prophets. 42 Then he said to him, Thus saith the Lord, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a destructive man, therefore thy life shall answer for his life; and thy people for his people. 43 And the king of Israel went away confounded and sorrowful, and came to Samaria.