|Overview - 1 Kings 20|
|1||Ben-hadad, not content with Ahab's homage, besieges Samaria.|
|13||By the direction of a prophet, the Syrians are slain.|
|22||As the prophet forewarned Ahab, the Syrians, trusting in the valleys, come against him in Aphek.|
|28||By the word of the prophet, and God's judgment, the Syrians are smitten again.|
|31||The Syrians submitting themselves, Ahab sends Ben-hadad away with a covenant.|
|35||The prophet, under the parable of a prisoner, making Ahab judge himself, denounces God's judgment against him.|
1 Kings 20:34 (King James Version)
And Benhadad 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.
- The cities
- 15:20 2 Chronicles 16:4
- So he made a covenant
- One of the conditions of this covenant, we learn, was, that Ahab should have "streets (chutzoth) in Damascus;" a proposal better relished by Ahab then understood by the generality of commentators
- This, however, is well illustrated by Mr. Harmer, from William of Tyre, the great historian of the Crusades; from whom it appears that it was customary to give those nations which were engaged in them, churches, streets, and great jurisdiction therein, in those places which they assisted to conquer. The Genoese and Venetians had each a street in Acon, or Acre, in which they had their own jurisdiction, with liberty to have an oven, mill, baths, weights, and measures, etc.
- 42 ; 22:31 2 Chronicles 18:30 ; Isaiah 8:12 ; 26:10