1 Kings 20

  1 H1130 And Benhadad H4428 the king H758 of Syria H6908 0 gathered H2428 all his army H6908 [H8804] together: H7970 and there were thirty H8147 and two H4428 kings H5483 with him, and horses, H7393 and chariots: H5927 [H8799] and he went up H6696 [H8799] and besieged H8111 Samaria, H3898 [H8735] and warred against it.
  2 H7971 [H8799] And he sent H4397 messengers H256 to Ahab H4428 king H3478 of Israel H5892 into the city, H559 [H8799] and said H559 [H8804] to him, Thus saith H1130 Benhadad,
  3 H3701 Thy silver H2091 and thy gold H802 is mine; thy wives H1121 also and thy sons, H2896 even the most comely, are mine.
  4 H4428 And the king H3478 of Israel H6030 [H8799] answered H559 [H8799] and said, H113 My sovereign, H4428 O king, H1697 according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.
  5 H4397 And the messengers H7725 [H8799] came again, H559 [H8799] and said, H559 [H8804] Thus speaketh H1130 Benhadad, H559 [H8800] saying, H7971 [H8804] Although I have sent H559 [H8800] to thee, saying, H5414 [H8799] Thou shalt give H3701 to me thy silver, H2091 and thy gold, H802 and thy wives, H1121 and thy sons;
  6 H7971 [H8799] Yet I will send H5650 my servants H4279 to thee to morrow H6256 about this time, H2664 [H8765] and they shall search H1004 thy house, H1004 and the houses H5650 of thy servants; H1961 [H8804] and it shall be, H4261 that whatever is pleasant H5869 in thine eyes, H7760 [H8799] they shall take H3027 it in their hand, H3947 [H8804] and carry it away.
  7 H4428 Then the king H3478 of Israel H7121 [H8799] called H2205 all the elders H776 of the land, H559 [H8799] and said, H3045 [H8798] Mark, H7200 [H8798] I pray you, and see H1245 [H8764] how this man seeketh H7451 evil: H7971 [H8804] for he sent H802 to me for my wives, H1121 and for my sons, H3701 and for my silver, H2091 and for my gold; H4513 [H8804] and I denied him not.
  8 H2205 And all the elders H5971 and all the people H559 [H8799] said H8085 [H8799] to him, Hearken H14 [H8799] not to him, nor consent.
  9 H559 [H8799] Therefore he said H4397 to the messengers H1130 of Benhadad, H559 [H8798] Tell H113 my sovereign H4428 the king, H7971 [H8804] All that thou didst send H5650 for to thy servant H7223 at the first H6213 [H8799] I will do: H1697 but this thing H3201 [H8799] I may H6213 [H8800] not do. H4397 And the messengers H3212 [H8799] departed, H7725 0 and brought H1697 him word H7725 [H8686] again.
  10 H1130 And Benhadad H7971 [H8799] sent H559 [H8799] to him, and said, H430 The gods H6213 [H8799] do so H3254 [H8686] to me, and more also, H6083 if the dust H8111 of Samaria H5606 [H8799] shall suffice H8168 for handfuls H5971 for all the people H7272 that follow me.
  11 H4428 And the king H3478 of Israel H6030 [H8799] answered H559 [H8799] and said, H1696 [H8761] Tell H2296 [H8802] him, Let not him that girdeth H1984 [H8691] on his armour boast H6605 [H8764] himself as he that putteth it off.
  12 H8085 [H8800] And it came to pass, when Benhadad heard H1697 this message, H8354 [H8802] as he was drinking, H4428 he and the kings H5521 in the pavilions, H559 [H8799] that he said H5650 to his servants, H7760 [H8798] Set H7760 [H8799] yourselves in array. And they set H5892 themselves in array against the city.
  13 H5066 [H8738] And, behold, there came H259 a H5030 prophet H256 to Ahab H4428 king H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8799] saying, H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD, H7200 [H8804] Hast thou seen H1419 all this great H1995 multitude? H5414 [H8802] behold, I will give H3027 it into thine hand H3117 this day; H3045 [H8804] and thou shalt know H3068 that I am the LORD.
  14 H256 And Ahab H559 [H8799] said, H559 [H8799] By whom? And he said, H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD, H5288 Even by the young men H8269 of the princes H4082 of the provinces. H559 [H8799] Then he said, H631 [H8799] Who shall order H4421 the battle? H559 [H8799] And he answered, Thou.
  15 H6485 [H8799] Then he numbered H5288 the young men H8269 of the princes H4082 of the provinces, H8147 and they were two H3967 hundred H7970 and thirty H8147 and two: H310 and after H6485 [H8804] them he numbered H5971 all the people, H1121 even all the sons H3478 of Israel, H7651 being seven H505 thousand.
  16 H3318 [H8799] And they went out H6672 at noon. H1130 But Benhadad H8354 [H8802] was drinking H7910 himself drunk H5521 in the pavilions, H4428 he and the kings, H7970 the thirty H8147 and two H4428 kings H5826 [H8802] that helped him.
  17 H5288 And the young men H8269 of the princes H4082 of the provinces H3318 [H8799] went out H7223 first; H1130 and Benhadad H7971 [H8799] sent out, H5046 [H8686] and they told H559 [H8800] him, saying, H582 There are men H3318 [H8804] come out H8111 of Samaria.
  18 H559 [H8799] And he said, H3318 [H8804] Whether they have come out H7965 for peace, H8610 [H8798] take H2416 them alive; H3318 [H8804] or whether they have come out H4421 for war, H8610 [H8798] take H2416 them alive.
  19 H5288 So these young men H8269 of the princes H4082 of the provinces H3318 [H8804] came out H5892 of the city, H2428 and the army H310 which followed them.
  20 H5221 [H8686] And they slew H376 every one H376 his man: H758 and the Syrians H5127 [H8799] fled; H3478 and Israel H7291 [H8799] pursued H1130 them: and Benhadad H4428 the king H758 of Syria H4422 [H8735] escaped H5483 on an horse H6571 with the horsemen.
  21 H4428 And the king H3478 of Israel H3318 [H8799] went out, H5221 [H8686] and smote H5483 the horses H7393 and chariots, H5221 [H8689] and slew H758 the Syrians H1419 with a great H4347 slaughter.
  22 H5030 And the prophet H5066 [H8799] came H4428 to the king H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8799] and said H3212 [H8798] to him, Go, H2388 [H8690] strengthen H3045 [H8798] thyself, and mark, H7200 [H8798] and see H6213 [H8799] what thou doest: H8666 for at the return H8141 of the year H4428 the king H758 of Syria H5927 [H8802] will come up against thee.
  23 H5650 And the servants H4428 of the king H758 of Syria H559 [H8804] said H430 to him, Their gods H430 are gods H2022 of the mountains; H2388 [H8804] therefore they were stronger H199 than we; but H3898 [H8735] let us fight H4334 against them in the plain, H3808 and surely H2388 [H8799] we shall be stronger than they.
  24 H6213 [H8798] And do H1697 this thing, H5493 [H8685] Take H4428 the kings H376 away, every man H4725 out of his place, H7760 [H8798] and put H6346 captains in their places:
  25 H4487 [H8799] And number H2428 thee an army, H2428 like the army H5307 [H8802] that thou hast lost, H5483 horse H5483 for horse, H7393 and chariot H7393 for chariot: H3898 [H8735] and we will fight H854 against H4334 them in the plain, H2388 [H8799] and surely we shall be stronger H8085 [H8799] than they. And he hearkened H6963 to their voice, H6213 [H8799] and did so.
  26 H8666 And it came to pass at the return H8141 of the year, H1130 that Benhadad H6485 [H8799] numbered H758 the Syrians, H5927 [H8799] and went up H663 to Aphek, H4421 to fight H3478 against Israel.
  27 H1121 And the sons H3478 of Israel H6485 [H8719] were numbered, H3557 [H8791] and were all present, H3212 [H8799] and went H7125 [H8800] against H1121 them: and the sons H3478 of Israel H2583 [H8799] encamped H8147 before them like two H2835 little flocks H5795 of kids; H758 but the Syrians H4390 [H8765] filled H776 the land.
  28 H5066 [H8799] And there came H376 a man H430 of God, H559 [H8799] and spoke H4428 to the king H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8799] and said, H559 [H8804] Thus saith H3068 the LORD, H758 Because the Syrians H559 [H8804] have said, H3068 The LORD H430 is God H2022 of the mountains, H430 but he is not God H6010 of the valleys, H5414 [H8804] therefore will I give H1419 all this great H1995 multitude H3027 into thine hand, H3045 [H8804] and ye shall know H3068 that I am the LORD.
  29 H2583 [H8799] And they encamped H5227 opposite H428 one H428 another H7651 seven H3117 days. H7637 And so it was, that in the seventh H3117 day H4421 the battle H7126 [H8799] was joined: H1121 and the sons H3478 of Israel H5221 [H8686] slew H758 of the Syrians H3967 an hundred H505 thousand H7273 footmen H259 in one H3117 day.
  30 H3498 [H8737] But the rest H5127 [H8799] fled H663 to Aphek, H5892 into the city; H2346 and there a wall H5307 [H8799] fell H6242 upon twenty H7651 and seven H505 thousand H376 of the men H3498 [H8737] that were left. H1130 And Benhadad H5127 [H8804] fled, H935 [H8799] and came H5892 into the city, H2315 into an inner H2315 chamber.
  31 H5650 And his servants H559 [H8799] said H8085 [H8804] to him, Behold now, we have heard H4428 that the kings H1004 of the house H3478 of Israel H2617 are merciful H4428 kings: H7760 [H8799] let us, I pray thee, put H8242 sackcloth H4975 on our loins, H2256 and ropes H7218 upon our heads, H3318 [H8799] and go out H4428 to the king H3478 of Israel: H2421 [H8762] perhaps he will save H5315 thy life.
  32 H2296 [H8799] So they girded H8242 sackcloth H4975 on their loins, H2256 and put ropes H7218 on their heads, H935 [H8799] and came H4428 to the king H3478 of Israel, H559 [H8799] and said, H5650 Thy servant H1130 Benhadad H559 [H8804] saith, H2421 H5315 [H8799] I pray thee, let me live. H559 [H8799] And he said, H2416 Is he yet alive? H251 he is my brother.
  33 H582 Now the men H5172 [H8762] diligently observed H4116 [H8762] whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily H2480 [H8686] catch H559 [H8799] it: and they said, H251 Thy brother H1130 Benhadad. H559 [H8799] Then he said, H935 [H8798] Go H3947 [H8798] ye, bring H1130 him. Then Benhadad H3318 [H8799] came forth H5927 [H8686] to him; and he caused him to come up H4818 into the chariot.
  34 H559 [H8799] And Benhadad said H5892 to him, The cities, H1 which my father H3947 [H8804] took H1 from thy father, H7725 [H8686] I will restore; H7760 [H8799] and thou shalt make H2351 streets H1834 for thee in Damascus, H1 as my father H7760 [H8804] made H8111 in Samaria. H7971 [H8762] Then said Ahab, I will send thee away H1285 with this covenant. H3772 [H8799] So he made H1285 a covenant H7971 [H8762] with him, and sent him away.
  35 H259 And a certain H376 man H1121 of the sons H5030 of the prophets H559 [H8804] said H7453 to his neighbour H1697 in the word H3068 of the LORD, H5221 [H8685] Smite H376 me, I pray thee. And the man H3985 [H8762] refused H5221 [H8687] to smite him.
  36 H559 [H8799] Then said H8085 [H8804] he to him, Because thou hast not obeyed H6963 the voice H3068 of the LORD, H1980 [H8802] behold, as soon as thou hast departed H738 from me, a lion H5221 [H8689] shall slay H3212 [H8799] thee. And as soon as he had departed H681 from him, H738 a lion H4672 [H8799] found H5221 [H8686] him, and slew him.
  37 H4672 [H8799] Then he found H312 another H376 man, H559 [H8799] and said, H5221 [H8685] Smite H376 me, I pray thee. And the man H5221 [H8686] smote H5221 [H8687] him, so that in smiting H6481 [H8800] he wounded him.
  38 H5030 So the prophet H3212 [H8799] departed, H5975 [H8799] and waited H4428 for the king H1870 by the way, H2664 [H8691] and disguised H666 himself with ashes H5869 upon his eyes.
  39 H4428 And as the king H5674 [H8802] passed by, H6817 [H8804] he shrieked H4428 to the king: H559 [H8799] and he said, H5650 Thy servant H3318 [H8804] went out H7130 into the midst H4421 of the battle; H376 and, behold, a man H5493 [H8804] turned aside, H935 [H8686] and brought H376 a man H559 [H8799] to me, and said, H8104 [H8798] Keep H376 this man: H6485 [H8736] if by any means H6485 [H8735] he shall be missing, H5315 then shall thy life H5315 be for his life, H8254 [H8799] or else thou shalt pay H3603 a talent H3701 of silver.
  40 H5650 And as thy servant H6213 [H8802] was busy H369 here and there, he was gone. H4428 And the king H3478 of Israel H559 [H8799] said H4941 to him, So shall thy judgment H2782 [H8804] be; thyself hast decided it.
  41 H4116 [H8762] And he hasted, H666 and took the ashes H5493 [H8686] away H5869 from his eyes; H4428 and the king H3478 of Israel H5234 [H8686] knew H5030 that he was of the prophets.
  42 H559 [H8799] And he said H559 [H8804] to him, Thus saith H3068 the LORD, H7971 [H8765] Because thou hast let go H3027 out of thy hand H376 a man H2764 whom I appointed to utter seclusion, H5315 therefore thy life H5315 shall go for his life, H5971 and thy people H5971 for his people.
  43 H4428 And the king H3478 of Israel H3212 [H8799] went H1004 to his house H5620 sad H2198 and displeased, H935 [H8799] and came H8111 to Samaria.