1 Kings 20:11

11 The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’ ”

Read 1 Kings 20:11 Using Other Translations

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.
And the king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.'"
The king of Israel sent back this answer: “A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won.”

What does 1 Kings 20:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ver. 11 And the king of Israel answered and said
Very mildly and very wisely:

tell him, let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he
that putteth it off;
that is, he that prepares for the battle as he that has got the victory; the sense is, let no man triumph before the battle is over and the victory won; the events of war are uncertain; the battle is not always to the strong.

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