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1 Kings 20 - AMP

2 He sent messengers into Samaria to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, Thus says Ben-hadad: 3 Your silver and your gold are mine; your wives and your children, even the fairest, also are mine. 4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to what you say, I am yours, and all that I have. 5 The messengers came again and said, Thus says Ben-hadad: Although I have sent to you, saying, You shall deliver to me your silver, your gold, your wives, and your children-- 6 Yet I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants; and all the desire of your eyes they shall lay hands upon and take it away. 7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, Notice now and see how this man is seeking our destruction. He sent to me for my wives, my children, my silver, and my gold, and I did not refuse him. 8 And all the elders and all the people said to him, Do not heed him or consent. 9 So he said to Ben-hadad's messengers, Tell my lord the king, All you first sent for to your servant I will do, but this thing I cannot do. And the messengers left; then they brought him word again. 10 Ben-hadad sent to him and said, May the gods do so to me, and more also, if the rubbish of Samaria shall be enough for each one of all the people who are at my feet and follow me to get a handful. 11 The king of Israel answered, Tell him: Let not him who girds on his harness boast as he who puts it off. 12 When Ben-hadad heard this message as he and the kings were drinking in the booths, he said to his servants, Set the army in array. And they set themselves in array against . 13 Then a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and said, Thus says the Lord: Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand today, and you shall know and realize that I am the Lord. 14 Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus says the Lord: By the young men of the governors of the districts. Then Ahab said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, You. 15 Ahab numbered the attendants of the governors of the districts, and they were 232. After them he numbered all the people of Israel, 7,000. 16 And they went out at noon. But Ben-hadad was drinking himself drunk in the booths, he and the thirty-two kings who helped him. 17 The servants of the governors of the districts went out first; and Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men come out of Samaria. 18 And he said, Whether they have come out for peace or for war, take them alive. 19 So these of the governors of the districts went out of , and the army followed them. 20 And each one killed his man; the Syrians fled, and Israel pursued them. Ben-hadad king of Syria escaped on a horse with the horsemen. 21 The king of Israel went out and smote the horses and chariots and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter. 22 The prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, Go, fortify yourself and become strong and give attention to what you must do, for at the first of next year the king of Syria will return against you. 23 And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, Israel's gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. 24 And do this thing: Remove the kings, each from his place, and put governors in their stead. 25 And muster yourself an army like the army you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. And we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he heeded their speech and did so. 26 And at the return of the year, Ben-hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. 27 The Israelites were counted and, all present, went against them. The Israelites encamped before the enemy like two little flocks of lost kids , but the Syrians filled the country. 28 A man of God came and said to the king of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills but He is not God of the valleys, therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hands, and you shall know and recognize by experience that I am the Lord. 29 They encamped opposite each other seven days. Then the battle was joined; and the Israelites slew of the Syrians 100,000 foot soldiers in one day. 30 But the rest fled to the city of Aphek, and the wall fell upon 27,000 men who were left. Ben-hadad fled into the city and from chamber to chamber. 31 His servants said to him, We have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Let us put sackcloth on our loins and ropes about our necks, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will spare your life. 32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins and put ropes on their necks, and came to the king of Israel and said, Your servant Ben-hadad says, I pray you, let me live. And King said, Is he yet alive? He is my brother. 33 Now the men took it as an omen and they hastily took it up and said, Yes, your brother Ben-hadad. Then the king said, Go, bring him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to him, and the victorious king caused him to come up into the chariot. 34 Ben-hadad said, The cities which my father took from your father I will restore; and you may maintain bazaars of your own in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria. Then, said Ahab, I will send you away on these terms. So he made a covenant with him and sent him away. 35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor, At the command of the Lord, strike me, I pray you. And the man refused to strike him. 36 Then said he to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have left me a lion will slay you. And as soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and killed him. 37 Then found another man and said, Strike me, I pray you. And the man struck him, so that in striking, he wounded him. 38 So the prophet departed and waited for King Ahab by the way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face. 39 And as the king passed by, the cried out to him, Your servant went out into the midst of the battle, and behold, a man turned aside and brought a man to me and said, Keep this man. If for any reason he is missing, then your life shall be required for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver. 40 But while your servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, Such is your own verdict; you yourself have decided it. 41 The man hastily removed the ashes from his face, and Ahab king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 And he said to the king, Thus says the Lord: Because you have let go out of your hand the man I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people. 43 And King of Israel went to his house resentful and sullen, and came to Samaria.

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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Dec, 2016
Summary: We seem to accept there has to be great noise to find God. Sometimes God is found in the still, small voice. Sometime excessive noise can hide the message?
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Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Aug, 2015
Summary: No one wants to do anything anymore… They just want to rely on someone else to do it for them…and still receive the benefits as though they had done it all on their own...
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Scripture: 1 Kings 20:23-30
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Shared by: John Gaston on Aug, 2015
Summary: We’re going to take a look at Valleys and see that God is also the God of our valleys, as well as in our mountain-top experiences. The title of this message is, “The God of the Valleys.”
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:23-28
Denomination: Assembly Of God
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John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Mar, 2015
Summary: The devil loves to boast, to brag. God however, is jealous for His Name and reputation.In our passage tonight we see to what lengths God will go to short-circuit the enemy from a victory.
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:23-28
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Jeremy Poling avatar
Shared by: Jeremy Poling on Jun, 2014
Summary: Often man misunderstands the nature of God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-30
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 725
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Shared by: bala samson on Mar, 2014
Summary: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:34-35
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 634
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Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2013
Summary: The words, “ he went to his house heavy and displeased” caught my attention!
Maurice McCarthy avatar
The Second Time
Shared by: Maurice McCarthy on Sep, 2012
Summary: The enemy, the father, the servant, the Spirit, and the Son who comes the second time.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:22
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,319
David Dailey avatar
Shared by: David Dailey on Oct, 2011
Summary: What comes out of our spirit when the enemy or the cares of life begin to put the squeeze on us?
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:26-28
Views: 2,975
Darren Rogers avatar
08 The Valley of Reoccurrence
Shared by: Darren Rogers on Oct, 2009
Summary: How many times do we have to walk through the same valley before we learn the lesson God is teaching us?
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:22-29
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,902
Carlton Witherspoon avatar
What is the Limits of GOD's Protection?
Shared by: Carlton Witherspoon on Aug, 2007
Summary: We serve a GOD that will never leave up or forsake us.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:22-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,047
Rev. Jim Wilson avatar
Victory in the Valley - The Valley of Dry Bones !
Shared by: Rev. Jim Wilson on Jul, 2007
Summary: Victory in the Valley of our lives.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:28
Views: 5,695
Barry Edmondson avatar
The God of The Mountain Is still God in the Valley
Shared by: Barry Edmondson on May, 2007
Summary: The Presence of God is with us in our mountain tops and in the Valley is where He teaches us.
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:23-27
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,034
John Thomson avatar
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Shared by: John Thomson on May, 2007
Summary: Whenever we fully surrender to the perfect will of God, He accomplishes more than we could possibly dream about.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-42
Views: 2,839
Ronnie McNeill avatar
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Shared by: Ronnie McNeill on Jan, 2007
Summary: No matter what your situation may be, it is still not your conclusion.
based on 112 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 22,247
Michael Martin avatar
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Shared by: Michael Martin on Sep, 2006
Summary: If you won’t do what God tells you, He will find another, but...
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:35-43
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Views: 882
Don Jones avatar
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Shared by: Don Jones on Sep, 2006
Summary: This is the second in the series subtitled "Costly Habits". It gives Biblical principles for Avoiding Costly Habits
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,704
Don Jones avatar
Avoiding Costly Mistakes At All Costs: Costly Habits Part I
Shared by: Don Jones on Sep, 2006
Summary: The sermon deals with a costly habit in Ben Hadad’s life. It also deals with the freedom that comes from knowing Jesus Christ.
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,051
Bo Dunford avatar
Absolute, Total Surrender
Shared by: Bo Dunford on Jan, 2006
Summary: The condition of God’s blessings is absolute, total surrender. If we are willing to do this, there is no end to what God will do for us!
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 19,219
Toby Powers avatar
God Of The Mountain And God Of The Valley
Shared by: Toby Powers on Jan, 2006
Summary: No matter where we are, He is God. He is faithful in the mountain and the valley!
based on 66 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:22-29
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 13,115
Ryan Davis avatar
Shared by: Ryan Davis on Oct, 2005
Summary: We need to give heed to our lives. Being careless with our spiritual lives shows that we are not concerned with leading others to Christ
based on 30 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:39-40
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,865
Glenn Newton avatar
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Shared by: Glenn Newton on Jul, 2005
Summary: The first sermon in a series of 3 explaining how we can have True Victory over Temptation. We will not be without it, but it does not have to master us.
based on 16 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-4
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,093
Barry Edmondson avatar
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Shared by: Barry Edmondson on Jun, 2005
Summary: EVery Christian will go through a valley of one sort or another But God is There with us>
based on 106 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 52,460
Dean Rhine avatar
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Jan, 2005
Summary: why we feel like a failure
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-20:6
Views: 688
Absolute Surrender
Shared by: JOHN CHRISTOPHER on Nov, 2004
Summary: An absolute surrender that God expects from us.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,595
Alan Gibson avatar
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Shared by: Alan Gibson on Mar, 2004
Summary: The path of sin.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:31-34
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 509
Johnny Carver avatar
The High Cost of Being Too Busy
Shared by: Johnny Carver on Feb, 2004
Summary: This message urges each one of us to take a look at our priorities. Are we at peace with God and our self?
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:35-43
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,946
Yolanda Quiñones avatar
Dios de montes, Dios de valles
Shared by: Yolanda Quiñones on Mar, 2003
Summary: Nuestro Dios no opera desde las alturas alejado de la reaidad que te rodea....El desciende a tu valle.
based on 191 ratings
Scripture: 1 Kings 20:1-43
Denomination: Apostolic
Views: 8,019
Dr. Stanley Vasu avatar
Shared by: Dr. Stanley Vasu on Oct, 2001
Summary: This sermon is about the secrets of financial blessing through generosity and How God promises to supply all our need.
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Busy about the Wrong Thing
Shared by: Curtis Kittrell on Oct, 2001
Summary: Given a man to keep, he had lost the man. And he had lost him because he was too busy to keep him. Evidently the servant considered that an excuse. Had he been idle, then indeed the loss of the man would have been an unpardonable offence.
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Views: 2,036