1 Kings 22:3

3 Israel's king remarked to his aides, "Do you realize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, and we're sitting around on our hands instead of taking it back from the king of Aram?"

1 Kings 22:3 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 22:3

(And the king of Israel said unto his servants
His nobles, those of his privy council, his ministers of state; or "had said" F14, some little time before Jehoshaphat came:

know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours
a city of refuge beyond Jordan, in the tribe of Gad, and so of course must belong to the kingdom of Israel, of which see ( Joshua 20:8 )

and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?)
neither demand it, nor take any measures to oblige him to deliver it up; representing it as a great omission, and as a piece of negligence and slothfulness, or cowardice.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 (rmayw) "et dixerat", Junius & Tremellius.

1 Kings 22:3 In-Context

1 They enjoyed three years of peace - no fighting between Aram and Israel.
2 In the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah had a meeting with the king of Israel.
3 Israel's king remarked to his aides, "Do you realize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, and we're sitting around on our hands instead of taking it back from the king of Aram?"
4 He turned to Jehoshaphat and said, "Will you join me in fighting for Ramoth Gilead?"
5 He then continued, "But before you do anything, ask God for guidance."