1 Kings 22:21

21 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’

Read 1 Kings 22:21 Using Other Translations

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, 'I will entice him.'
and finally a spirit approached the LORD and said, ‘I can do it!’

What does 1 Kings 22:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 22:21

And there came forth a spirit
Not from the heavenly host on the right hand or the left, for they are pure and holy spirits, and impeccable, and cannot lie or deceive; but the evil spirit, Satan, the father of lies, the old deceiver, who came forth from his own place and his own company:

and stood before the Lord
presented himself before him, as Satan did, ( Job 1:6 ) ,

and said, l will persuade him;
or prevail upon him; evil spirits love to be employed in doing harm to men, they go about seeking whom they may devour. This could not be the spirit of Naboth, as the Jews say {q}, seeking revenge on Ahab; that was in a state of happiness, could not move from thence, and be capable of sinning.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 89. 1. & 102. 2. Targum in 2 Chron. xviii. 20.
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