1 Kings Trivia:

Benhadad threatens Ahab
20:1-11

1 And 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.

Benhadad, the king of Syria, along with 32 other kings, attacked Samaria.

2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,

3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

He sent messengers to Ahab, the king of Israel, and said to him,
Your silver and gold are mine.

So are your wives and children (even the best-looking ones).

4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.

Ahab said,
Sure. It's all yours.

5 And 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;

6 Yet 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.

Benhadad sent more messengers to Ahab, who said,
Okay, I'll send my servants tomorrow to take all your stuff.

7 Then 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.

Ahab called all the elders of Israel and said to them,
I told Benhadad he could have all your wives, children, silver, and gold.

8 And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent.

The elders said to Ahab,
No way! Tell him he can't have all our stuff.

9 Wherefore 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.

So Ahab sent messengers to Benhadad, who said,
You can have some of our stuff, but not all of it.

10 And 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.

Benhadad sent messengers to Ahab, who said,
I'll take all your stuff.

11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

So Ahab sent messengers to Benhadad, who said,
We'll see.
God delivers Benhadad into Ahab's hand
20:12-21

12 And 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.

Benhadad was drinking when he heard this message. He said to his servants,
Get ready to fight.

13 And, 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.

14 And 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.

Then a prophet came to Ahab and said,
This is what God says:
I'll deliver Benhadad into your hand.
(And you'll know I'm God.)

15 Then 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.

Ahab counted 232 young men and 7000 people in Israel.

16 And 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.

At this time, Benhadad and the 32 kings were getting drunk.

17 And 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.

His young men told him,
The Samarians are coming.

18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.

19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them.

Benhadad said,
If they come in peace, take them alive.

If they come for war, take them alive.

20 And 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.

Each Israelite killed a Syrian soldier, and the rest of the Syrians ran away, with the Israelites chasing after them.

Benhadad escaped on horseback.

21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.

And Ahab smote the horses, chariots, and Syrian soldiers with a great slaughter. [1]
100,000 Syrians are killed
(for calling God a god of the hills)
20:22-29

22 And 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 prophet came to Ahab and said,
Get ready, because the king of Syria will be back.

23 And 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.

24 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their rooms:

25 And 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.

The servants of the Syrian king said to him,
Israel's gods are hill gods [2], so they were stronger than us.

So let's fight them on the plains, where we can beat them for sure.

26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.

So later that year, Benhadad counted the Syrians and went back to fight Israel again.

27 And the 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.

Ahab counted Israelites and went to fight the Syrians.

28 And 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.

29 And 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.

A man of God said to Ahab,
This is what God says:
Because the Syrians called me a hill god but not a valley god, I'll deliver them into your hand.

(And then you'll know I'm God.)

And the Israelites killed 100,000 Syrians in one day. [3]

27,000 Syrians are killed by a falling wall
20:30

30 But 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.

And a wall fell on 27,000 of the remaining Syrian soldiers, killing them all. [4]

Except for Benhadad, who ran away and hid in a room.

Benhadad and Ahab reach an agreement
20:31-34

31 And 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.

Benhadad's servants said to him,
We've heard that Israel's kings are merciful, so let's put sackcloth on our loins and ropes on our heads, and go out to meet Ahab. Maybe he won't kill us then.

32 So 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.

33 Now 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.

34 And 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.

So they put sackcloth on their loins and ropes on their heads, and came to Ahab and said,
Please don't kill Benhadad.

Ahab said,

Is he still alive? He's my brother. Go fetch him for me.

So they brought Benhadad to him, and he said to Ahab,

I'll give you back the cities that my father took from your father.
Ahab said,
Okay. That sounds good to me. [5]
A lion kills a man for refusing to smite a prophet
20:35-42

35 And 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.

Then a certain son of a prophet said to his neighbor in the word of the Lord,
Please smite me.

But his neighbor refused to smite him.

36 Then 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.

So the son of prophet said to his neighbor,

Because you refused to smite me, a lion will kill you.

And as soon as his neighbor left, a lion killed him. [6]

37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.

The son of a prophet found another man and said to him,

Please smite me.

And the man smote and wounded him.

38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

So the son of a prophet left, disguising himself with ashes on his head, and waited for King Ahab to pass by.

39 And 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.

When King Ahab passed by, the son of a prophet said to him,
I went out to battle and a man brought another man who said to me,
Keep this man. Don't let him escape or you'll be killed, or will have to pay a talent of silver.

40 And 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.

But I was too busy, so the prisoner escaped.

Ahab said to him,

Well then, you'll be punished for that.

41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.

Then the son of a prophet took the ashes off his face, and King Ahab recognised him as a prophet.

42 And 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.

The son of a prophet said to King Ahab,
This is what God says:
Because you've let a prisoner escape that I wanted you to kill, I will kill you and your people. [7]

43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

And King Ahab went home to Samaria an unhappy man.