1 Kings 20:40
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New International Version
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."

King James Bible
And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.

Darby Bible Translation
And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, So [is] thy judgment: thyself hast decided [it].

World English Bible
As your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." The king of Israel said to him, "So your judgment shall be; yourself have decided it."

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass, thy servant is working hither and thither, and he is not!' and the king of Israel saith unto him, Right is thy judgment; thou hast determined it.'

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Clarke'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

Because

1 Kings 20:34 And Ben-hadad said to him, The cities, which my father took from your father, I will restore...

1 Kings 22:31-37 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great...

1 Samuel 15:9-11 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatted calves, and the lambs...

thy life shall go

1 Kings 22:31-37 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great...

2 Kings 6:24 And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria.

2 Kings 8:12 And Hazael said, Why weeps my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel...

2 Chronicles 18:33,34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness...

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The Lost Opportunity
TEXT: "And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it."--1 Kings 20:40. There is a very striking incident connected with this text. The great battle is raging, a certain important prisoner has been taken, and if you read between the lines you seem to know that upon him depend many of the issues of war. His skill in leading the enemy had been marvelous, his courage in the thick of the fight striking;
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

The Letter of the Synod to the Emperor and Empress.
(Labbe and Cossart, Concilia, Tom. VII., col. 577.) To our most religious and most serene princes, Constantine and Irene his mother. Tarasius, the unworthy bishop of your God-protected royal city, new Rome, and all the holy Council which met at the good pleasure of God and upon the command of your Christ-loving majesty in the renowned metropolis of Nice, the second council to assemble in this city. Christ our God (who is the head of the Church) was glorified, most noble princes, when your heart,
Philip Schaff—The Seven Ecumenical Councils

Cross References
2 Samuel 14:13
The woman said, "Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son?

1 Kings 20:39
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.'

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

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!

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