1 Kings 20:38
New International Version
Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes.

New Living Translation
The prophet placed a bandage over his eyes to disguise himself and then waited beside the road for the king.

English Standard Version
So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes.

Berean Study Bible
and the prophet went and waited on the road for the king, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes.

New American Standard Bible
So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.

King James Bible
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the prophet went and waited for the king on the road. He disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.

Contemporary English Version
The prophet left and put a bandage over his face to disguise himself. Then he went and stood beside the road, waiting for Ahab to pass by.

Good News Translation
The prophet bandaged his face with a cloth, to disguise himself, and went and stood by the road, waiting for the king of Israel to pass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the prophet went and waited for the king on the road. He disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.

International Standard Version
Then the prophet left and waited for the king to pass by, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes.

NET Bible
The prophet then went and stood by the road, waiting for the king. He also disguised himself by putting a bandage down over his eyes.

New Heart English Bible
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the prophet, disguised with a bandage over his eyes, waited for the king by the road.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.

New American Standard 1977
So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way and disguised himself with a veil over his eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

American King James Version
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes on his face.

American Standard Version
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he said to the messengers of the son of Ader, Say to your master, All things that thou hast sent to thy servant about at first I will do; but this thing I shall not be able to do. And the men departed, and carried back the answer to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So the prophet went, and met the king in the way, and disguised himself by sprinkling dust on his face and his eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
And the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with a sash over his eyes.

English Revised Version
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

World English Bible
So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with his headband over his eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
and the prophet goeth and standeth for the king on the way, and disguiseth himself with ashes on his eyes.
Study Bible
A Prophet Reproves Ahab
37Then the prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please!” So the man struck him and wounded him, 38and the prophet went and waited on the road for the king, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes. 39As the king passed by, he cried out to the king: “Your servant had marched out into the middle of the battle, when suddenly a man came over with a captive and told me, ‘Guard this man! If he goes missing for any reason, your life will be exchanged for his life, or you will weigh out a talent of silver.’…
Cross References
1 Kings 14:2
and Jeroboam said to his wife, "Please arise, disguise yourself so they will not recognize you as my wife, and go to Shiloh. For Ahijah the prophet is there; it was he who spoke about my kingship over this people.

1 Kings 20:37
Then the prophet found another man and said, "Strike me, please!" So the man struck him and wounded him,

1 Kings 20:41
Then the prophet quickly removed the bandage from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.

Treasury of Scripture

So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes on his face.

he was gone [heb] he was not

2 Samuel 12:5-7
And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: …

Job 15:6
Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

Matthew 21:41-43
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons…







Lexicon
and the prophet
הַנָּבִ֔יא (han·nā·ḇî)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

went
וַיֵּ֙לֶךְ֙ (way·yê·leḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and waited
וַיַּעֲמֹ֥ד (way·ya·‘ă·mōḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the road
הַדָּ֑רֶךְ (had·dā·reḵ)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

for the king,
לַמֶּ֖לֶךְ (lam·me·leḵ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

disguising himself
וַיִּתְחַפֵּ֥שׂ (way·yiṯ·ḥap·pêś)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2664: To seek, to conceal oneself, mask

with a bandage
בָּאֲפֵ֖ר (bā·’ă·p̄êr)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 666: A covering, bandage

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his eyes.
עֵינָֽיו׃ (‘ê·nāw)
Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain
(38) Ashes upon his face.--It should be a "bandage over his head," to cover his face, and to accord with the appearance of a wounded soldier. Unless the wound had some symbolic significance in application to Ahab or Israel, it is difficult to see what purpose it could serve.

Verse 38. - So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. [Rather, a bandage upon his eyes. אֲפֵר there can be no doubt, denotes some sort of covering (LXX. τελαμών), and is probably the equivalent of עֲפֵר. Ashes cannot be put on the eyes, and even on the head would be but a poor disguise. This bandage was at the same time in keeping with the prophet's role as a wounded man, and an effective means of concealment. It would almost seem as if this prophet was personally known to the king.] 20:31-43 This encouragement sinners have to repent and humble themselves before God; Have we not heard, that the God of Israel is a merciful God? Have we not found him so? That is gospel repentance, which flows from an apprehension of the mercy of God, in Christ; there is forgiveness with him. What a change is here! The most haughty in prosperity often are most abject in adversity; an evil spirit will thus affect a man in both these conditions. There are those on whom, like Ahab, success is ill bestowed; they know not how to serve either God or their generation, or even their own true interests with their prosperity: Let favour be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness. The prophet designed to reprove Ahab by a parable. If a good prophet were punished for sparing his friend and God's when God said, Smite, of much sorer punishment should a wicked king be thought worthy, who spared his enemy and God's, when God said, Smite. Ahab went to his house, heavy and displeased, not truly penitent, or seeking to undo what he had done amiss; every way out of humour, notwithstanding his victory. Alas! many that hear the glad tidings of Christ, are busy and there till the day of salvation is gone.
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