1 Kings 20:31

Overview - 1 Kings 20
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.
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1 Kings 20:31  (King James Version)
And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he will save thy life.

his servants
23 ; 2 Kings 5:13

merciful kings
Proverbs 20:28 ; Isaiah 16:5 ; Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 1:8

let us, I pray thee
Six of the citizens of Calais are reported to have acted nearly in the same manner, when they surrendered their city to Edward the Third, king of England, in 1346. See the whole story circumstantially related by Sir John Froissart, (who lived in that time,) with that simplicity and detail that give it every appearance of truth.

put sackcloth
21:27-29 Genesis 37:34 ; 2 Samuel 3:31 ; 14:2 2 Kings 19:1 2 Kings 19:2 ; Esther 4:1-3 ; Isaiah 22:12
Isaiah 37:1 ; Jonah 3:5 Jonah 3:6 ; Revelation 11:3

2 Kings 7:4 ; Esther 4:16 ; Job 2:4 ; Matthew 10:28