1 Kings 20:18

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them aliue: or whether they be come out for warre, take them aliue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then he said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; or if they have come out for war, take them alive."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, Whether they are come out for peace, take them alive, or whether they are come out for war, taken them alive.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said, If they have come out for peace, take them living, and if they have come out for war, take them living.
- Basic English Bible

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

And he said, Whether they have come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they have come out for war, take them alive.
- Webster's Bible

He said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; or if they have come out for war, take them alive."
- World English Bible

And he saith, `If for peace they have come out -- catch them alive; and if for battle they have come out -- alive catch them.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he said: 'Whether they are come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they are come out for war, take them alive.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 20:18


20:18 Take them - He bids them not fight, for he thought they needednot to strike one stroke; and that the Israelites could not stand thefirst brunt.


Discussion for 1 Kings 20

  • Agnes
    Ahab was doomed for self destruction because in the first place he was not God fearing. Let us remember that he was married to one of Isreal's worst queens - Jezebel and their worship of Baal had greatly displeased God. So in his fight against Benhadad, God's intention was to show Himself mighty that He is God Almighty regardless of the plains, the hills, the water and anywhere He will always triumph because He is a God who is mighty in battle. God's intention was not to exalt Ahab because Ahab was a sinful and evil king. But Isreal is God's people and there is a covenant to be kept in this regard. God can use anyone, evil or not to accomplish what He set out to accomplish.
  • Bisi
    We must always seek God 's will and direction on everything we do and be ready to obey Him even if it seems unreasonable to us. Uncommon obedience to God 's unusual commands brings blessing and not judgement, may God help us to be obedient in Jesus name.
  • Elizabeth k best
    The utter importance even of an unusual command of the Lord in the prophetic utterance is seen. There is a penalty of a swift death for defiance of the command by the prophet because a prophetic similitude depends on the smiting, which affects the king and nation of Israel. The logic of db kindness in a dense human understanding overrode for the first man in the way, the divine reason requiring obedience to GOD.
  • Who was the anonymous prophet in I Kings 20:13 -- Elijah ?
  • RALPH M. WATERS
    THIS CHAPTER TO ME, WAS ONE MAILNLY SPEAKING ON "OBEDIENCE".\

    THOU SOMETIME WE TEND TO LEAD FROM THE HEART, WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.

    BUT, THE QUESTION, WE SHOULD ALWAYS ASK, IS "WHAT DO GO'S WORD (THE BIBLE) SAYS?" DON'T GET ME WRONGE, WE (I) MIGHT HAVE LOGICAL ANSWERS, TO QUESTIONS, BUT, OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WORKD IS THE ONLY RIGHT THING TO DO, AND WE ALL FALL SHORT.

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