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1 Kings 20:32-33

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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.



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