|New International Version (© 2011)|
As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, "Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, 'Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.'
King James Bible
And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.
American Standard Version
And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king; and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass -- the king is passing by -- that he hath cried unto the king, and saith, 'Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle, and lo, a man hath turned aside and bringeth in unto me a man, and saith, Keep this man; if he be at all missing, then hath thy life been for his life, or a talent of silver thou dost weigh out;
1 Kings 20:39 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Keep this man - The drift of this is at once seen; but Ahab, not knowing it, was led to pass sentence on himself.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the ashes away
1 Kings 20:38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes on his face.
2 Samuel 13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head...
Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat down among the ashes.
Jeremiah 6:26 O daughter of my people, gird you with sackcloth, and wallow yourself in ashes: make you mourning, as for an only son...
1 Kings 20:39 Parallel CommentariesBattle Cried Life Means Midst Missing Passed Pay Servant Silver Talent TurnedBattle Cried Life Means Midst Missing Passed Pay Servant Silver Talent TurnedTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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1 Kings 20:40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared." "That is your sentence," the king of Israel said. "You have pronounced it yourself."
1 Kings 20:42 He said to the king, "This is what the LORD says: 'You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.'"
2 Kings 10:24 So they went in to make sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had posted eighty men outside with this warning: "If one of you lets any of the men I am placing in your hands escape, it will be your life for his life."
Jeremiah 48:10 "A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!