1 Kings 20:21

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and charets, and slewe the Syrians with a great slaughter.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The king of Israel went out and struck the horses and chariots, and killed the Arameans with a great slaughter.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the king of Israel went out and took the horses and the war-carriages, and made great destruction among the Aramaeans.
- Basic English Bible

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

And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
- Webster's Bible

The king of Israel went out, and struck the horses and chariots, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter.
- World English Bible

and the king of Israel goeth out, and smiteth the horses, and the charioteers, and hath smitten among the Aramaeans a great smiting.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Arameans with a great slaughter.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 20:21


20:21 The king went - Proceeded further in his march. Smote thechariots - The men that fought from them.


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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