1 Kings 22:21
New International Version
Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’

New Living Translation
and finally a spirit approached the LORD and said, ‘I can do it!’

English Standard Version
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’

Berean Study Bible
Then a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ ‘By what means?’ asked the LORD.

King James Bible
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

New King James Version
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’

New American Standard Bible
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him.’

NASB 1995
“Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’

NASB 1977
“Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’

Amplified Bible
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’

Christian Standard Bible
“Then a spirit came forward, stood in the LORD’s presence, and said, ‘I will entice him.’

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him.’”

American Standard Version
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will entice him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a spirit went out and stood before LORD JEHOVAH and said: “I will seduce him!” LORD JEHOVAH said to him: “With what?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And there came forth a spirit and stood before the Lord, and said, I will deceive him.

Contemporary English Version
then finally a spirit came forward and said to the LORD, "I can trick Ahab." "How?" the LORD asked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said: I will deceive him. And the Lord said to him: By what means?

English Revised Version
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him.

Good News Translation
until a spirit stepped forward, approached the LORD, and said, 'I will deceive him.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the Spirit stepped forward, stood in front of the LORD, and said, 'I will deceive him.' " 'How?' the LORD asked.

International Standard Version
"But then a spirit approached, stood in front of the LORD, and said, 'I will entice him.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there came forth the spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said: I will entice him.

Literal Standard Version
And the spirit goes out and stands before YHWH, and says, I entice him; and YHWH says to him, By what?

NET Bible
Then a spirit stepped forward and stood before the LORD. He said, 'I will deceive him.' The LORD asked him, 'How?'

New Heart English Bible
A spirit came out and stood before the LORD, and said, 'I will entice him.'

World English Bible
A spirit came out and stood before Yahweh, and said, 'I will entice him.'

Young's Literal Translation
'And the spirit goeth out, and standeth before Jehovah, and saith, I -- I do entice him; and Jehovah saith unto him, By what?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
20And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one suggested this, and another that. 21Then a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ ‘By what means?’ asked the LORD. 22And he replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ ‘You will surely entice him and prevail,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’…

Cross References
Revelation 16:14
These are demonic spirits that perform signs and go out to all the kings of the earth, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

1 Kings 22:20
And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one suggested this, and another that.

1 Kings 22:22
And he replied, 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.' 'You will surely entice him and prevail,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.'


Treasury of Scripture

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

1 Kings 22:23
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Job 1:6,7
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them…

Job 2:1
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.









(21) A spirit.--It should be the spirit. The definite article is explained by some, perhaps rather weakly, as simply anticipatory of the description which follows. Others take the phrase to signify "the spirit of prophecy," a kind of emanation from the Godhead, looked upon as the medium of the prophetic inspiration, which is an expression conceivable, but certainly unprecedented. Perhaps without introducing into this passage the distinct idea of "the Satan," i.e., the enemy, which we find in Job 1, 2; 1Chronicles 21:1; Zechariah 3:1-2. it may be best to interpret it by the conception, common to all religions recognising the terrible existence of evil in the world, of a spiritual power of evil (called euphemistically, "the spirit") overruled to work out the judgments of God. The absolute subordination of such spirits of evil in every notice of them in the Old Testament precludes all danger of the monstrous dualism of so many Eastern religions. The reference of the power of divination to such spirits is found in the New Testament also. (See Acts 16:16-18.)

Verse 21. - And there came forth a spirit [Heb. the spirit. By some, especially of the earlier commentators, understood of the evil spirit. But the view now generally adopted (Thenius, Keil, Bahr) is that "the spirit of prophecy" is meant, "the power which, going forth from God and taking possession of a man, makes him a prophet (1 Samuel 10:6, 10; 1 Samuel 19:20, 23). The נָביא is the אִישׁ הָרוּחַ (Hosea 9:7)" Bahr. This power is here personified], and stood before the Lord, and said, I [emphatic in the Hebrew] will persuade [or entice] him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then a spirit
הָר֗וּחַ (hā·rū·aḥ)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

came forward,
וַיֵּצֵ֣א (way·yê·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

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

before
לִפְנֵ֣י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

the LORD,
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

and said,
וַיֹּ֧אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘I
אֲנִ֣י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

will entice him.’
אֲפַתֶּ֑נּוּ (’ă·p̄at·ten·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6601: To open, be, roomy, to be, simple, delude

‘By what means?’
בַּמָּֽה׃ (bam·māh)
Preposition-b | Interrogative
Strong's 3964: What

asked
אֵלָ֖יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the LORD.
יְהוָ֛ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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