12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents,[1] and he ordered his men: "Prepare to attack." So they prepared to attack the city.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 20:12

Commentary on 1 Kings 20:12-21

(Read 1 Kings 20:12-21)

The proud Syrians were beaten, and the despised Israelites were conquerors. The orders of the proud, drunken king disordered his troops, and prevented them from attacking the Israelites. Those that are most secure, are commonly least courageous. Ahab slew the Syrians with a great slaughter. God often makes one wicked man a scourge to another.