1 Kings 20:38

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himselfe with ashes vpon his face.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the prophet went away, and pulling his head-band over his eyes to keep his face covered, took his place by the road waiting for the king.
- Basic English Bible

And the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with a sash over his eyes.
- Darby Bible

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
- Webster's Bible

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.
- World English Bible

and the prophet goeth and standeth for the king on the way, and disguiseth himself with ashes on his eyes.
- Youngs Literal Bible

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 20:38


20:38 With ashes - Or, with a cloath, or band; (as theHebrew doctors understand the word) whereby he bound up his wound,which probably was in his face; for it was to be made in a conspicuousplace, that it might be visible to Ahab and others.


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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