1 Kings 20:40

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And as thy seruant was busie here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel saide vnto him, So shall thy iudgement bee, thy selfe hast discided it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided {it.}""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But while your servant was turning this way and that, he was gone. Then the king of Israel said to him, You are responsible; you have given the decision against yourself.
- Basic English Bible

And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, So [is] thy judgment: thyself hast decided [it].
- Darby Bible

And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
- Webster's Bible

As your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." The king of Israel said to him, "So your judgment shall be; yourself have decided it."
- World English Bible

and it cometh to pass, thy servant is working hither and thither, and he is not!' and the king of Israel saith unto him, Right [is] thy judgment; thou hast determined [it].'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 20:40


20:40 Thy judgment - Thy sentence; thou must perform the condition.Either suffer the one, or do the other.


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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