12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents,[a] and he ordered his men: ‘Prepare to attack.’ So they prepared to attack the city.

Ahab defeats Ben-Hadad

13 Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the Lord.”’

14 ‘But who will do this?’ asked Ahab.

The prophet replied, ‘This is what the Lord says: “The junior officers under the provincial commanders will do it.”’

‘And who will start the battle?’ he asked.

The prophet answered, ‘You will.’

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 20:12 Or in Sukkoth; also in verse 16

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