And he said unto him, thus saith the Lord
He spake not his own sense, and in his own words, but in the name of the Lord, for which he had authority, that it might have the greater weight with Ahab:
because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to
meaning Benhadad; or "the man of my anathema or curse" F23; cursed of God for his blasphemy of him, and devoted by him to ruin on that account; or "of my net" F24, being by his providence brought into a net or noose at Aphek, out of which he could not have escaped, had not Ahab let him go:
F23 (ymrx vya) "vir anathematis mei", Montanus, Piscator.
F24 "Vir retis mei"; so some in Vatablus.