1 Kings 20:31Context
His advisers 1 said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of the Israelite dynasty are kind. 2 Allow us to put sackcloth around our waists and ropes on our heads 3 and surrender 4 to the king of Israel. Maybe he will spare our lives.”
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1 tn Or “servants.”
2 tn Or “merciful.” The word used here often means “devoted” or “loyal.” Perhaps the idea is that the Israelite kings are willing to make treaties with other kings.
3 sn Sackcloth was worn as a sign of sorrow and repentance. The precise significance of the ropes on the head is uncertain, but it probably was a sign of submission. These actions were comparable to raising a white flag on the battlefield or throwing in the towel in a boxing match.
4 tn Heb “go out.”