1 Kings 20:37

“Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Kings 20:37

Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting hee wounded him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then he found another man and said, "Please strike me. And the man struck him, wounding him."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, smiting and wounding him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then he came across another man, and said, Give me a wound. And the man gave him a blow wounding him.
- Basic English Bible

Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him violently, and wounded [him].
- Darby Bible

Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.
- Webster's Bible

Then he found another man, and said, "Please strike me." The man struck him, smiting and wounding him.
- World English Bible

And he findeth another man, and saith, `Smite me, I pray thee;' and the man smiteth him, smiting and wounding,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Then he found another man, and said: 'Smite me, I pray thee.' And the man smote him, smiting and wounding him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Kings 20:37

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 20:37


20:35 In the word - ln the name, and by the command of God, whereofdoubtless he had informed him. Smite me - So as to wound me, ver.#37|.He speaks what God commanded him, though it was to his own hurt; by whichobedience to God, he secretly reproacheth Ahab's disobedience in a fareasier matter. And this the prophet by God's appointment desires, thatlooking like a wounded soldier, he might have the more free access to theking. Refused - Not out of contempt of God's command, but probably, intenderness to his brother.

20:36 Slew him - We cannot judge of the case; this man might be guiltyof many other heinous sins unknown to us but known to God; for which, Godmight justly cut him off: which God chose to do upon this occasion, that bythe severity of this punishment of a prophet's disobedience, proceeding frompity to his brother, he might teach Ahab the greatness of his sin, insparing him through foolish pity, whom by the laws of religion, and justice,and prudence, he should have cut of.

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.

20:39 He said - This relation is a parable; an usual way of instructionin the eastern parts, and most fit for this occasion wherein an obscureprophet was to speak to a great king; impatient of a down - right reproof,and exceeding partial in his own cause. A man - My commander as themanner of expression sheweth.


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