20:32 So they put sackcloth around their waists and ropes on their heads and went to the king of Israel. They said, “Your servant 1 Ben Hadad says, ‘Please let me live!’” Ahab 2 replied, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.” 3 20:33 The men took this as a good omen and quickly accepted his offer, saying, “Ben Hadad is your brother.” Ahab 4 then said, “Go, get him.” So Ben Hadad came out to him, and Ahab pulled him up into his chariot.
1 sn Your servant. By referring to Ben Hadad as Ahab’s servant, they are suggesting that Ahab make him a subject in a vassal treaty arrangement.
2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Ahab) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 sn He is my brother. Ahab’s response indicates that he wants to make a parity treaty and treat Ben Hadad as an equal partner.
4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Ahab) has been specified in the translation for clarity.