New International Version
Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Disguised himself with ashes upon his face - It does not immediately appear how putting ashes upon his face could disguise him. Instead of אפר apher, dust, Houbigant conjectures that it should be אפד aphad, a fillet or bandage. It is only the corner of the last letter which makes the difference; for the ד daleth and ר resh are nearly the same, only the shoulder of the former is square, the latter round. That bandage, not dust, was the original reading, seems pretty evident from its remains in two of the oldest versions, the Septuagint and the Chaldee; the former has Και κατεδησατο εν τελαμωνι τους οφθαλμους αυτου, "And he bound his eyes with a fillet." The latter has וכריך במעפריאעינוהי ukerich bemaaphira einohi; "And he covered his eyes with a cloth." The MSS. of Kennicott and De Rossi contain no various reading here; but bandage is undoubtedly the true one. However, in the way of mortification, both the Jews and Hindoos put ashes upon their heads and faces, and make themselves sufficiently disgusting.
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he was gone [heb] he was not
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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; …
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The Letter of the Synod to the Emperor and Empress.
1 Kings 14:2
and Jeroboam said to his wife, "Go, disguise yourself, so you won't be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there--the one who told me I would be king over this people.
1 Kings 20:37
The prophet found another man and said, "Strike me, please." So the man struck him and wounded him.
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.
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