King James Version

1 Kings 20

1And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots; and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.

And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad,

Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have.

And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;

Yet I will send my servants unto thee to morrow about this time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.

Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief: for he sent unto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.

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

Wherefore he said unto the messengers of Benhadad, Tell my lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the messengers departed, and brought him word again.

10 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.

11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

12 And it came to pass, when Ben-hadad heard this message, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he said unto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set themselves in array against the city.

13 And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.

14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Even by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.

15 Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven thousand.

16 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty and two kings that helped him.

17 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out first; and Benhadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men come out of Samaria.

18 And he said, Whether they be come out for peace, take them alive; or whether they be come out for war, take them alive.

19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them.

20 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen.

21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.

22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee.

23 And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.

24 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of his place, and put captains in their rooms:

25 And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto their voice, and did so.

26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.

27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country.

28 And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.

31 And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.

32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.

33 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.

34 And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said unto his neighbour in the word of the Lord, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man refused to smite him.

36 Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.

37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded him.

38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.

39 And as the king passed by, he cried unto the king: and he said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver.

40 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.

41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king of Israel discerned him that he was of the prophets.

42 And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people.

43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪上 20

亚兰王攻打撒玛利亚城

1亚兰王便·哈达率领全军,联合三十二个王,带着车马围攻撒玛利亚。 他派遣使者进城对以色列王亚哈说: “便·哈达说,‘你的金银和你家中最美的妻妾儿女都是我的。’” 以色列王说:“我主我王啊,我答应你的要求,我和我的一切都是你的。”

不久,使者又来对他说:“便·哈达说,‘我已派人吩咐你把金银、妻妾和儿女都给我。 明天这个时候,我会派属下搜查你的王宫和你臣仆的家,他们要拿走你珍爱的一切。’” 以色列王亚哈召集国中的长老,说:“你们看,这人是在找麻烦。他派人来要我的妻妾、孩子和金银,我没有拒绝他。” 长老和百姓都说:“别听从他,别答应他。”

于是,他对使者说:“你们告诉我主我王,他第一次所要的,仆人可以照办,但这一次所要的,仆人不能从命。”使者就去回复便·哈达。 10 便·哈达又派人去对亚哈说:“若撒玛利亚的尘土够我的士兵每人抓一把,愿神明重重地惩罚我。” 11 以色列王说:“你去告诉便·哈达,叫他别刚穿上盔甲就夸口,打完仗卸下盔甲再夸口吧。” 12 便·哈达和诸王正在营中饮酒,听见这话,就吩咐属下准备攻城。

亚哈打败便·哈达

13 一位先知来见以色列王亚哈,说:“耶和华说,‘你看见这大队人马了吗?今天我必将他们交在你手里,这样你就知道我是耶和华。’” 14 亚哈问:“谁来完成这任务呢?”先知答道:“耶和华说,省长属下的青年军。”亚哈问:“谁来做统领呢?”先知答道:“你。”

15 于是,亚哈召集了省长属下的青年军二百三十二人,又召集以色列全军,共七千人。

16 中午,便·哈达正跟盟军的三十二个王在营中狂饮的时候,亚哈率军出发了。 17 省长属下的青年军率先出城。便·哈达派出的巡逻队禀告他说:“有人从撒玛利亚城出来了。” 18 便·哈达说:“不管他们是来求和还是求战,都要生擒他们!” 19 省长属下的青年军率先出城,大军紧随其后, 20 他们见敌人就杀。亚兰人败逃,以色列人乘势追击。亚兰王便·哈达骑着马与一些骑兵落荒而逃。 21 以色列王出城攻击敌军车马,重创亚兰人。

22 先知又来见以色列王,说:“你要加强防卫,做好准备,因为明年春天亚兰王必卷土重来。”

23 臣仆给亚兰王献计说:“以色列人的神是山神,所以他们占了上风,我们若在平原上跟他们交战,一定会取胜。 24 王应该撤去诸王,委任将领代替他们, 25 再招募军兵,补充失去的战车和人马,好在平原上跟他们交战,这样我们一定会取胜。”王采纳了他们的建议。

26 第二年春天,便·哈达召集亚兰人进军亚弗,攻打以色列人。 27 以色列人也召集军队,准备粮草,迎战敌军。他们在亚兰人对面安营,像两小群山羊,而敌军却满山遍野。 28 有位上帝的仆人来见以色列王,说:“耶和华说,‘亚兰人以为我耶和华是山神,不是平原的神,所以我必将这大队人马交在你手里,这样你们就知道我是耶和华。’”

29 以色列人和亚兰人两军对峙,一连七天。第七天,两军交战,以色列军一天杀了十万亚兰步兵, 30 残余的亚兰人都逃进亚弗城,但城墙倒塌压死了两万七千人。便·哈达也逃进城,躲在一间房子的内室里。 31 臣仆对他说:“我们听说以色列王很仁慈。现在,我们不如腰束麻布,头套绳索,向以色列王请降,或许他会饶王一命。” 32 他们便腰束麻布,头套绳索,来见以色列王,说:“仆人便·哈达求王开恩饶命啊!”亚哈回答说:“他还活着吗?他是我的兄弟。” 33 他们听见亚哈的口气温和,连忙附和说:“是啊,便·哈达是王的兄弟。”亚哈便吩咐他们去把便·哈达带来见他,然后让便·哈达登上他的战车。 34 便·哈达对亚哈说:“我必归还我父亲从你父亲那里夺来的城邑,你可以在大马士革设立贸易区,就像我父亲在撒玛利亚所设立的一样。”亚哈回答说:“你依此立个约,我就放你走。”立约之后,亚哈就放便·哈达走了。

先知责备亚哈

35 众先知中有一位奉耶和华的命令对他的同伴说:“你打我吧!”同伴却不肯动手。 36 那位先知就对他说:“既然你不听从耶和华的吩咐,你一离开我,就会被狮子咬死。”那同伴走后,果然遇见狮子,被咬死了。 37 那先知又找了一个人,叫那人打他,那人就打他,把他打伤了。 38 先知用头巾蒙着眼睛,乔装改扮,在路旁等候亚哈王。 39 亚哈王经过的时候,他向王喊道:“仆人在打仗的时候,有人押来一个俘虏,要我看管,他说如果俘虏跑掉,我就要以性命抵偿或赔偿三十四公斤银子。 40 可是那俘虏趁仆人忙乱之际跑掉了。”亚哈王说:“这是你自己的过失,你要自负其咎。” 41 先知立刻拿去蒙眼的头巾,以色列王认出他是个先知。 42 他对王说:“耶和华说,‘你放走了我决定要毁灭的人,所以你的命要抵他的命,你百姓的命要抵他百姓的命。’” 43 以色列王闷闷不乐地回撒玛利亚的王宫去了。