1 Kings 16:31

“And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe, as if it had beene a light thing for him to walke in the sinnes of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat; that hee tooke to wife Iezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and serued Baal, and worshipped him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It came about, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went to serve Baal and worshiped him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And as if copying the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was a small thing for him, he took as his wife Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidon, and became a servant and worshipper of Baal.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass, as if it was a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshipped him.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him.
- Webster's Bible

It happened, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him.
- World English Bible

And it cometh to pass -- hath it been light his walking in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat? -- then he taketh a wife, Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians, and goeth and serveth Baal, and boweth himself to it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 16:31


16:31 A light thing - The Hebrew runs, was it a light thing, &c,that is, was this but a small sin, that therefore he needed to add moreabominations? Where the question, as is usual among the Hebrews,implies a strong denial; and intimates, that this was no small sin, buta great crime; and might have satisfied his wicked mind, without anyadditions. Jezebel - A woman infamous for her idolatry, and cruelty, andsorcery, and filthiness. Eth - baal - Called Ithbalus, or Itobalusin heathen writers. So she was of an heathenish and idolatrous race. Suchas the kings and people of Israel were expressly forbidden to marry.Baal - The idol which the Sidonians worshipped, which is thought to beHercules. And this idolatry was much worse than that of the calves;because in the calves they worshipped the true God; but in these, false godsor devils.


Discussion for 1 Kings 16

  • Tyler
    Notice how what King Ahab did to provoke the lord, afterwards the lord sent a great draught through the hands of Elijah. Ahab later finding Elijah with the phrase "Art thou he that troubleth Israel? " 1 Kings 18 17 It 's funny how Evil rulers don 't see their repercussion of their acts, and then in turn try to blame everyone else. It 's a true saying Evil rulers will have Evil servants. But Thanks be unto God we are God 's servants and not the servant of Men. Therefore he can feed us , even in draught, as he did the Widow woman that gave Elijah the cake. next chapter She thought more on God 's servant than even herself or her son. Obey God and keep his commandments for David said he has never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread.
  • From what tribe of Israel is Zimri and Arza. Is Elah from the tribe of Issachar?
  • RALPH M. WATERS
    The Lord's awesome wisdom is unquestionable. HE all knowing, is proven when HE says, HE would do and its done. Since ADAM and EVE, The LORD just wants us to obey and follow HIS WORD, HE do not want ROBOTS, we do have FREEWILL. As we see the EVIL KINGS that are leading the children deeper into sin, Yet GOD's Will, will be done, when its all said and done.

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