Bible: 1 Kings 20:26-43
20:26 In the spring 1 Ben Hadad mustered the Syrian army 2 and marched to Aphek to fight Israel. 3 20:27 When the Israelites had mustered and had received their supplies, they marched out to face them in battle. When the Israelites deployed opposite them, they were like two small flocks 4 of goats, but the Syrians filled the land. 20:28 The prophet 5 visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the
20:29 The armies were deployed opposite each other for seven days. On the seventh day the battle began, and the Israelites killed 100,000 Syrian foot soldiers in one day. 20:30 The remaining 27,000 ran to Aphek and went into the city, but the wall fell on them. 7 Now Ben Hadad ran into the city and hid in an inner room. 8 20:31 His advisers 9 said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of the Israelite dynasty are kind. 10 Allow us to put sackcloth around our waists and ropes on our heads 11 and surrender 12 to the king of Israel. Maybe he will spare our lives.” 20:32 So they put sackcloth around their waists and ropes on their heads and went to the king of Israel. They said, “Your servant 13 Ben Hadad says, ‘Please let me live!’” Ahab 14 replied, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.” 15 20:33 The men took this as a good omen and quickly accepted his offer, saying, “Ben Hadad is your brother.” Ahab 16 then said, “Go, get him.” So Ben Hadad came out to him, and Ahab pulled him up into his chariot. 20:34 Ben Hadad 17 said, “I will return the cities my father took from your father. You may set up markets 18 in Damascus, just as my father did in Samaria.” 19 Ahab then said, “I want to make a treaty with you before I dismiss you.” 20 So he made a treaty with him and then dismissed him.
A Prophet Denounces Ahab’s Actions
20:35 One of the members of the prophetic guild, speaking with divine authority, ordered his companion, “Wound me!” 21 But the man refused to wound him. 20:36 So the prophet 22 said to him, “Because you have disobeyed the