Introduction to 1 Kings Chapter 20

This chapter relates the siege of Samaria by the king of Syria, and his insolent demand of Ahab's wives, children, and riches, 1 Kings 20:1, the sally made out upon him, at the direction of the prophet, and the route made of the Syrian army, 1 Kings 20:13, the return of the Syrian army the next year, when there was a pitched battle between them and Israel, in which the former were entirely defeated, 1 Kings 20:22, the peace Ahab made with the king of Syria, 1 Kings 20:31, and the reproof one of the sons of the prophets gave him for it, which made him very uneasy, 1 Kings 20:35.