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!” 1 But the man refused to wound him. 20:36 So the prophet 2 said to him, “Because you have disobeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.” When he left him, a lion attacked and killed him. 20:37 He found another man and said, “Wound me!” So the man wounded him severely. 3 20:38 The prophet then went and stood by the road, waiting for the king. He also disguised himself by putting a bandage down over his eyes. 20:39 When the king passed by, he called out to the king, “Your servant went out into the heat 4 of the battle, and then a man turned aside and brought me a prisoner. 5 He told me, ‘Guard this prisoner. If he ends up missing for any reason, 6 you will pay with your life or with a talent 7 of silver.’ 8 20:40 Well, it just so happened that while your servant was doing this and that, he disappeared.” The king of Israel said to him, “Your punishment is already determined by your own testimony.” 9 20:41 The prophet 10 quickly removed the bandage from his eyes and the king of Israel recognized he was one of the prophets. 20:42 The prophet 11 then said to him, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Because you released a man I had determined should die, you will pay with your life and your people will suffer instead of his people.’” 12 20:43 The king of Israel went home to Samaria 13 bitter and angry.