1 Kings 20:8
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English Standard Version
And all the elders and all the people said to him, “Do not listen or consent.”

King James Bible
And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken not unto him, nor consent.

American Standard Version
And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken thou not, neither consent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all the ancients, and all the people said to him: Hearken not to him, nor consent to him.

English Revised Version
And all the elders and all the people said unto him, Hearken thou not, neither consent.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the elders and all the people said to him, Hearken not to him, nor consent.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

During the siege Benhadad sent messengers into the city to Ahab with this demand: "Thy silver and thy gold are mine, and the best of thy wives and thy sons are mine;" and Ahab answered with pusillanimity: "According to thy word, my lord king, I and all that is mine are thine." Benhadad was made still more audacious by this submissiveness, and sent messengers the second time with the following notice (1 Kings 20:6): "Yea, if I send my servants to thee to-morrow at this time, and they search thy house and thy servants' houses, all that is the pleasure of thine eyes they will put into their hands and take." אם כּי does not mean "only equals certainly" here (Ewald, 356, b.), for there is neither a negative clause nor an oath, but אם signifies if and כּי introduces the statement, as in 1 Kings 20:5; so that it is only in the repetition of the כּי that the emphasis lies, which can be expressed by yea. The words of Ahab in 1 Kings 20:9 show unquestionably that Benhadad demanded more the second time than the first. The words of the first demand, "Thy silver and thy gold," etc., were ambiguous. According to 1 Kings 20:5, Benhadad meant that Ahab should give him all this; and Ahab had probably understood him as meaning that he was to give him what he required, in order to purchase peace; but Benhadad had, no doubt, from the very first required an unconditional surrender at discretion. He expresses this very clearly in the second demand, since he announces to Ahab the plunder of his palace and also of the palaces of his nobles. כּל־מחמד עניך, all thy costly treasures. It was from this second demand that Ahab first perceived what Benhadad's intention had been; he therefore laid the matter before the elders of the land, i.e., the king's counsellors, 1 Kings 20:7 : "Mark and see that this man seeketh evil," i.e., that he is aiming at our ruin, since he is not contented with the first demand, which I did not refuse him.

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The gods

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also...

Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...

if the dust

2 Samuel 17:12,13 So shall we come on him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light on him as the dew falls on the ground...

2 Kings 19:23,24 By your messengers you have reproached the LORD, and have said...

Isaiah 10:13,14 For he said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people...

Isaiah 37:24,25 By your servants have you reproached the Lord, and have said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains...

follow me [heb] are at my feet

Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, Get you out...

Judges 4:10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

Cross References
1 Kings 20:7
Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, "Mark, now, and see how this man is seeking trouble, for he sent to me for my wives and my children, and for my silver and my gold, and I did not refuse him."

1 Kings 20:9
So he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, "Tell my lord the king, 'All that you first demanded of your servant I will do, but this thing I cannot do.'" And the messengers departed and brought him word again.

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