1 Kings 20:12-19 NIV

12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking1 in their tents,a and he ordered his men: "Prepare to attack." So they prepared to attack the city.

References for 1 Kings 20:12

    • a 20:12 - Or "in Succoth"; also in verse 16

      Ahab Defeats Ben-Hadad

      13 Meanwhile a prophet2 came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, "This is what the LORD says: 'Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know3 that I am the LORD.' "

      References for 1 Kings 20:13

          14 "But who will do this?" asked Ahab. The prophet replied, "This is what the LORD says: 'The young officers of the provincial commanders will do it.' " "And who will start4 the battle?" he asked. The prophet answered, "You will."

          References for 1 Kings 20:14

          15 So Ahab summoned the young officers of the provincial commanders, 232 men. Then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7,000 in all.
          16 They set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk.5

          References for 1 Kings 20:16

          17 The young officers of the provincial commanders went out first. Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, "Men are advancing from Samaria."
          18 He said, "If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive."
          19 The young officers of the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them