Since we’re studying 1 Kings in our college group, I decided to read through it once again. Recently, I read the story where Ben-Hadad and Ahab exchange messages, and for some reason this time it struck me a bit differently. In this story, Ben-Hadad tells Ahab that all he has belongs to him, and Ahab responds politely (or perhaps cowardly) and agrees. However, then Ben-Hadad basically tells him, “I was serious, I’m sending people to take everything,” and Ahab denies him due to the advice of the elders. Ben-Hadad then responds:
“May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”
Translation: “I’m about to come wreck you.”
Ahab shoots back: ““Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’”
Oh snap, no he didn’t.
Ahab was like:
You better not just be talking.
And then Ben-Hadad be like:
It is on like donkey kong. “Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he ordered his men: ‘Prepare to attack.'”
Oh, he mad. 😉