1 Kings 20:11
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New International Version
The king of Israel answered, "Tell him: 'One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.'"

New Living Translation
The king of Israel sent back this answer: "A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won."

English Standard Version
And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’”

New American Standard Bible
Then the king of Israel replied, "Tell him, 'Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off.'"

King James Bible
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king of Israel answered, "Say this: 'Don't let the one who puts on his armor boast like the one who takes it off.'"

International Standard Version
But the king of Israel replied, "Tell him, 'The one who is starting to strap on his battle armor should never brag like the one who is taking it off.'"

NET Bible
The king of Israel replied, "Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off."

New Heart English Bible
The king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Do not let him who puts on his armor brag like he who takes it off.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king of Israel answered, "The saying goes, 'Don't brag about a victory before you have even dressed for battle.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king of Israel answered and said: 'Tell him: Let not him that girdeth on his armour boast himself as he that putteth it off.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the king of Israel answered and said, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girds on his harness boast as he that puts it off.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girds on his armor boast himself as he that puts it off.

American King James Version
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girds on his harness boast himself as he that puts it off.

American Standard Version
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his armor boast himself as he that putteth it off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king of Israel answering, said: Tell him: Let not the girded boast himself as the ungirded.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell [him], Let not him that girdeth on boast himself as he that putteth off!

English Revised Version
And the king of Israel answered and said, tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his armour boast himself as he that putteth it off.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

World English Bible
The king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Don't let him who puts on his armor brag like he who takes it off.'"

Young's Literal Translation
And the king of Israel answereth and saith, 'Speak ye: let not him who is girding on boast himself as him who is loosing his armour.'
Study Bible
Ahab's Wars with Syria
10Ben-hadad sent to him and said, "May the gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria will suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me." 11Then the king of Israel replied, "Tell him, 'Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off.'" 12When Ben-hadad heard this message, as he was drinking with the kings in the temporary shelters, he said to his servants, "Station yourselves." So they stationed themselves against the city.…
Cross References
Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Jeremiah 9:23
Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

Jeremiah 46:17
"They cried there, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a big noise; He has let the appointed time pass by!'
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And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girds on his harness boast himself as he that puts it off.

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Verse 11. - And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him Let not him that girdeth on his harness bout himself as he that putteth it off. [This proverb consists of four words in the Hebrew. The commentators cite the Latin, Ne triumphum canas ante victoriam, but proverbs to the same effect are found in most languages. Very mildly and very wisely:

tell him, let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off; that is, he that prepares for the battle as he that has got the victory; the sense is, let no man triumph before the battle is over and the victory won; the events of war are uncertain; the battle is not always to the strong. 20:1-11 Benhadad sent Ahab a very insolent demand. Ahab sent a very disgraceful submission; sin brings men into such straits, by putting them out of the Divine protection. If God do not rule us, our enemies shall: guilt dispirits men, and makes them cowards. Ahab became desperate. Men will part with their most pleasant things, those they most love, to save their lives; yet they lose their souls rather than part with any pleasure or interest to prevent it. Here is one of the wisest sayings that ever Ahab spake, and it is a good lesson to all. It is folly to boast of any day to come, since we know not what it may bring forth. Apply it to our spiritual conflicts. Peter fell by self-confidence. Happy is the man who is never off his watch.
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