1 Kings 20:38
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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.

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

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.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Ashes - Rather, "a bandage" (and in 1 Kings 20:41). The object of the wound and bandage was double. Partly, it was to prevent Ahab from recognizing the prophet's face; partly, to induce him to believe that the man had really been engaged in the recent war.

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Library
The Section Chap. I. -iii.
The question which here above all engages our attention, and requires to be answered, is this: Whether that which is reported in these chapters did, or did not, actually and outwardly take place. The history of the inquiries connected with this question is found most fully in Marckius's "Diatribe de uxore fornicationum," Leyden, 1696, reprinted in the Commentary on the Minor Prophets by the same author. The various views may be divided into three classes. 1. It is maintained by very many interpreters,
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

The Practice of Piety in Glorifying God in the Time of Sickness, and when Thou Art Called to Die in the Lord.
As soon as thou perceivest thyself to be visited with any sickness, meditate with thyself: 1. That "misery cometh not forth of the dust; neither doth affliction spring out of the earth." Sickness comes not by hap or chance (as the Philistines supposed that their mice and emrods came, 1 Sam. vi. 9), but from man's wickedness, which, as sparkles, breaketh out. "Man suffereth," saith Jeremiah, "for his sins." "Fools," saith David, "by reason of their transgressions, and because of their iniquities,
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
1 Kings 14:2
Jeroboam said to his wife, "Arise now, and disguise yourself so that they will not know that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh; behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who spoke concerning me that I would be king over this people.

1 Kings 20:37
Then he found another man and said, "Please strike me." And the man struck him, wounding him.

1 Kings 20:41
Then he hastily took the bandage away from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him that he was of the prophets.

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