1 Kings 22:16
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New International Version
The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

New Living Translation
But the king replied sharply, "How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth to me when you speak for the LORD?"

English Standard Version
But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”

Berean Study Bible
But the king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the LORD?”

New American Standard Bible
Then the king said to him, "How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

King James Bible
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

Christian Standard Bible
But the king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

Contemporary English Version
"Micaiah, I've told you over and over to tell me the truth!" Ahab shouted. "What does the LORD really say?"

Good News Translation
But Ahab replied, "When you speak to me in the name of the LORD, tell the truth! How many times do I have to tell you that?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of Yahweh?"

International Standard Version
When he heard this, the king asked him, "How many times do I have to make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth? Now do it in the name of the LORD!"

NET Bible
The king said to him, "How many times must I make you solemnly promise in the name of the LORD to tell me only the truth?"

New Heart English Bible
The king said to him, "How many times do I have to adjure you that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king asked him, "How many times must I make you take an oath in the LORD's name to tell me nothing but the truth?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king said unto him: 'How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?'

New American Standard 1977
Then the king said to him, “How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

King James 2000 Bible
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure you that you tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

American King James Version
And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that you tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

American Standard Version
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of Jehovah?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the king said to him: I adjure thee again and again, that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but truth in the name of Jehovah?

English Revised Version
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

World English Bible
The king said to him, "How many times do I have to adjure you that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of Yahweh?"

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith unto him, 'How many times am I adjuring thee that thou speak nothing unto me but truth in the name of Jehovah?'
Study Bible
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
15When Micaiah arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?” “Go up and triumph,” Micaiah replied, “for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.” 16But the king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 17So Micaiah declared: “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These people have no master; let each one return home in peace.’”…
Cross References
1 Kings 22:15
When Micaiah arrived, the king asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?" "Go up and triumph," Micaiah replied, "for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king."

1 Kings 22:17
So Micaiah declared: "I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These people have no master; let each one return home in peace.'"

Jeremiah 37:17
Later, King Zedekiah sent for him and received him, and in his palace he privately asked, "Is there a word from the LORD?" "There is," Jeremiah replied. "You will be handed over to the king of Babylon."

Jeremiah 38:14
Then King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance that is in the house of the LORD. "I am going to ask you something," said the king to Jeremiah. "Do not hide anything from me."

Treasury of Scripture

And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that you tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

shall I adjure

Joshua 6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before …

1 Samuel 14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured …

2 Chronicles 18:15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that …

Matthew 26:63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said to …

Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, …

Acts 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took on them to call …

that thou tell

Jeremiah 42:3-6 That the LORD your God may show us the way wherein we may walk, and …

Matthew 22:16,17 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …







Verse 16. - And the king said unto him How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord? [Rawlinson concludes from these words that "this mocking manner was familiar to Micaiah, who had used it in some former dealing with the Israelite monarch." But we must remember that Ahab's words were really addressed to Jehoshaphat. He is so manifestly playing a part, that we need not assume that he is strictly truthful. His great desire evidently is to discredit Micah's predictions, which he clearly perceives, from the bitter and ironical tone of the latter, will be adverse to him.] And the king said unto him, how many times shall I adjure thee,.... Not that he had as yet adjured him at all, or not till now; but he asks him how often he must be obliged to do it; and now he adjures him once for all, that he might not be forced to repeat it:

that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord? for he observed he did not speak in the name of the Lord before, and what he said was not in a serious but ludicrous manner, and not to be regarded as truth. 22:15-28 The greatest kindness we can do to one that is going in a dangerous way, is, to tell him of his danger. To leave the hardened criminal without excuse, and to give a useful lesson to others, Micaiah related his vision. This matter is represented after the manner of men: we are not to imagine that God is ever put upon new counsels; or that he needs to consult with angels, or any creature, about the methods he should take; or that he is the author of sin, or the cause of any man's telling or believing a lie. Micaiah returned not the blow of Zedekiah, yet, since he boasted of the Spirit, as those commonly do that know least of the Holy Spirit's operations, the true prophet left him to be convinced of his error by the event. Those that will not have their mistakes set right in time, by the word of God, will be undeceived, when it is too late, by the judgments of God. We should be ashamed of what we call trials, were we to consider what the servants of God have endured. Yet it will be well, if freedom from trouble prove not more hurtful to us; we are more easily allured and bribed into unfaithfulness and conformity to the world, than driven to them.
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