1 Kings 20:3
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New International Version
Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.'"

New Living Translation
'Your silver and gold are mine, and so are your wives and the best of your children!'"

English Standard Version
‘Your silver and your gold are mine; your best wives and children also are mine.’”

New American Standard Bible
'Your silver and your gold are mine; your most beautiful wives and children are also mine.'"

King James Bible
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your silver and your gold are mine! And your best wives and children are mine as well!'"

International Standard Version
Your silver and gold belong to me. So do the most beautiful of your wives and children.'"

NET Bible
He said to him, "This is what Ben Hadad says, 'Your silver and your gold are mine, as well as the best of your wives and sons.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your silver and gold are mine. Your beloved wives and children are mine."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

King James 2000 Bible
Your silver and your gold are mine; your wives also and your children, even the fairest, are mine.

American King James Version
Your silver and your gold is mine; your wives also and your children, even the best, are mine.

American Standard Version
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said: Thus saith Benadad: Thy silver, and thy gold is mine: and thy wives, and thy goodliest children are mine.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, the goodliest, are mine.

English Revised Version
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the most comely, are mine.

World English Bible
'Your silver and your gold is mine. Your wives also and your children, even the best, are mine.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and saith to him, 'Thus said Ben-Hadad, 'Thy silver and thy gold are mine, and thy wives and thy sons -- the best -- are mine.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Thy silver and thy gold is mine [Heb. mine it is]; thy wives also and thy children [Nothing reveals Ben-hadad's object more clearly than the mention of Ahab's wives. When we consider how jealously the seraglio of an Eastern prince is guarded, and how the surrender of the harem is a virtual surrender of the throne (2 Samuel 16:21, 22; note on 1 Kings 2:22), and certainly a surrender of all manhood and self-respect, we see that his aim was to wound Ahab in his tenderest point, to humble him to the lowest depths of degradation, and possibly to force a quarrel upon him], even the goodliest [The LXX. omits this. Bahr says the word can only apply to the sons, and that it must mean the most eminent young men of the city - not Ahab's children - whom Ben-hadad demanded as hostages. But against this is

(1) Ahab's answer, "All that I have," etc.;

(2) the fact that Ben-hadad obviously meant insult and plunder; and

(3) the language of ver. 7, where see note], are mine. [Heb. mine are they. Rawlinson would explain this excessive demand of the Syrian king by the assumption that when it was made the siege had already lasted a long time, and that the people were now reduced to the greatest straits, circumstances which the historian, with the characteristic brevity of the sacred writers, omits to mention. But really no such supposition is needed. The overwhelming force which Ben-hadad had at his back would, in his eyes, justify any demands. And the prima facie view of ver. 2 is that the messengers were sent on the first approach of the army, or rather at the beginning of the siege.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thy silver and thy gold is mine,.... Not of right, but reckoning it as good as in his hands, Ahab not being able to resist him:

and thy wives also; for it seems he had more than Jezebel:

and thy children; which were many, for he had no less than seventy sons, 2 Kings 10:1,

even the goodliest are mine: some aggravate this, as if his view was to commit the unnatural sin with his male children, when in his possession.



1 Kings 20:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ahab's Wars with Syria
2Then he sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, "Thus says Ben-hadad, 3'Your silver and your gold are mine; your most beautiful wives and children are also mine.'" 4The king of Israel replied, "It is according to your word, my lord, O king; I am yours, and all that I have."…
Cross References
1 Kings 20:2
He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, "This is what Ben-Hadad says:

1 Kings 20:4
The king of Israel answered, "Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours."

1 Kings 20:32
Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, "Your servant Ben-Hadad says: 'Please let me live.'" The king answered, "Is he still alive? He is my brother."
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