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1 Kings 20:2

    1 Kings 20:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said to him, Thus said Benhadad,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he sent representatives into the town to Ahab, king of Israel;

    Webster's Revision

    And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

    World English Bible

    He sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said to him, "Thus says Ben Hadad,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 20:2

    It may be supposed that a considerable time had passed in the siege, that the city had been reduced to an extremity, and that ambassadors had been sent by Ahab to ask terms of peace short of absolute surrender, before Ben-hadad would make such a demand. He would expect and intend his demand to be rejected, and this would have left him free to plunder the town, which was evidently what he desired and purposed.