1st Kings 20

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The First Book of the Kings

Chapter 21


And it came to pass after these things, [that] Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which [was] in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.


And Ahab spake17 unto Naboth, saying,2 Give3 me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it [is] near unto my house: and I will give4 thee for it a better vineyard than it; [or], if it seem good to thee, I will give4 thee the worth of it in money.


And Naboth said4 to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give2 the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.


And Ahab came4 into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken14 to him: for he had said,4 I will not give4 thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down4 upon his bed, and turned away55 his face, and would eat1 no bread.


But Jezebel his wife came4 to him, and said17 unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest6 no bread?


And he said17 unto her, Because I spake17 unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said4 unto him, Give3 me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give4 thee [another] vineyard for it: and he answered,4 I will not give4 thee my vineyard.


And Jezebel his wife said4 unto him, Dost thou now govern4 the kingdom of Israel? arise,3 [and] eat3 bread, and let thine heart be merry:4 I will give4 thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.


So she wrote4 letters in Ahab's name, and sealed4 [them] with his seal, and sent4 the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that [were] in his city, dwelling6 with Naboth.


And she wrote4 in the letters, saying,2 Proclaim3 a fast, and set54 Naboth on high among the people:


And set54 two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness55 against him, saying,2 Thou didst blaspheme14 God and the king. And [then] carry him out,52 and stone3 him, that he may die.4


And the men of his city, [even] the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants6 in his city, did4 as Jezebel had sent1 unto them, [and] as it [was] written7 in the letters which she had sent1 unto them.


They proclaimed1 a fast, and set52 Naboth on high among the people.


And there came4 in two men, children of Belial, and sat4 before him: and the men of Belial witnessed55 against him, [even] against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying,2 Naboth did blaspheme14 God and the king. Then they carried him forth55 out of the city, and stoned4 him with stones, that he died.4


Then they sent4 to Jezebel, saying,2 Naboth is stoned,27 and is dead.4


And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard2 that Naboth was stoned,27 and was dead,4 that Jezebel said4 to Ahab, Arise,3 take possession3 of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused14 to give2 thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.1


And it came to pass, when Ahab heard2 that Naboth was dead,1 that Ahab rose up4 to go down2 to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession2 of it.


And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,2


Arise,3 go down3 to meet2 Ahab king of Israel, which [is] in Samaria: behold, [he is] in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down1 to possess2 it.


And thou shalt speak14 unto him, saying,2 Thus saith1 the LORD, Hast thou killed,1 and also taken possession?1 And thou shalt speak14 unto him, saying,2 Thus saith1 the LORD, In the place where dogs licked1 the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick4 thy blood, even thine.


And Ahab said4 to Elijah, Hast thou found1 me, O mine enemy?6 And he answered,4 I have found1 [thee]: because thou hast sold99 thyself to work2 evil in the sight of the LORD.


Behold, I will bring56 evil upon thee, and will take away14 thy posterity, and will cut off52 from Ahab him that pisseth56 against the wall, and him that is shut up7 and left7 in Israel,


And will make1 thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked [me] to anger,52 and made Israel to sin.55


And of Jezebel also spake14 the LORD, saying,2 The dogs shall eat4 Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.


Him that dieth5 of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat;4 and him that dieth5 in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.4


But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell98 himself to work2 wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.52


And he did very abominably55 in following2 310 idols, according to all [things] as did1 the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out52 before the children of Israel.


And it came to pass, when Ahab heard2 those words, that he rent4 his clothes, and put4 sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted,4 and lay4 in sackcloth, and went17 softly.


And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,2


Seest1 thou how Ahab humbleth8 himself before me? because he humbleth8 himself before me, I will not bring55 the evil in his days: [but] in his son's days will I bring55 the evil upon his house.

1st Kings 22





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