1 Kings 21
Ahab being denied Naboth's vinyard is grieved.
1 Kings 21:1 And it came to passe after these things, that Naboth the Iezreelite had a vineyard, which [was] in Iezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 1 Kings 21:2 And Ahab spake vnto Naboth, saying, Giue me thy vineyard, that I may haue it for a garden of herbes, because it [is] neere vnto my house, and I will giue thee for it a better vineyard then it: [or] if it seeme good to thee, I will giue thee the worth of it in money. 1 Kings 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it mee, that I should giue the inheritance of my fathers vnto thee. 1 Kings 21:4 And Ahab came into his house, heauie, and displeased, because of the word which Naboth the Iezreelite had spoken to him: for he had saide, I will not giue thee the inheritance of my fathers: and he laid him downe vpon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eate no bread.
Jezebel writing letters against Naboth, he is condemned of blasphemy.
1 Kings 21:5 But Iezebel his wife came to him, and said vnto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? 1 Kings 21:6 And he said vnto her, Because I spake vnto Naboth the Iezreelite, and said vnto him, Giue mee thy vineyard for money, or else if it please thee, I will giue thee [another] vineyard for it: And he answered, I wil not giue thee my vineyard. 1 Kings 21:7 And Iezebel his wife saide vnto him, Doest thou now gouerne the kingdome of Israel? Arise, [and] eate bread, and let thine heart bee merrie: I will giue thee the vineyard of Naboth the Iezreelite. 1 Kings 21:8 So shee wrote letters in Ahabs name, and sealed [them] with his seale, and sent the letters vnto the Elders, and to the Nobles that were in his citie dwelling with Naboth. 1 Kings 21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaime a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: 1 Kings 21:10 And set two men, sonnes of Belial before him, to beare witnes against him, saying, Thou diddest blaspheme God and the king: and then carie him out, and stone him that he may die. 1 Kings 21:11 And the men of his citie, [euen] the Elders and the Nobles who were the inhabitants in his citie, did as Iezebel had sent vnto them, [and] as it was written in the letters which she had sent vnto them. 1 Kings 21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sate before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, euen against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they caried him foorth out of the citie, and stoned him with stones, that hee died. 1 Kings 21:14 Then they sent to Iezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
Ahab taketh possession of the vinyard.
1 Kings 21:15 And it came to passe when Iezebel heard that Naboth was stoned and was dead, that Iezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the Uineyard of Naboth the Iezreelite, which hee refused to giue thee for money: for Naboth is not aliue, but dead. 1 Kings 21:16 And it came to passe when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose vp to goe downe to the Uineyard of Naboth the Iezreelite, to take possession of it.
Elijah denounceth judgments against Ahab and Jezebel.
1 Kings 21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Eliiah the Tishbite, saying, 1 Kings 21:18 Arise, goe downe to meet Ahab king of Israel, which [is] in Samaria: behold, hee [is] in the Uineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone downe to possesse it. 1 Kings 21:19 And thou shalt speake vnto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speake vnto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD; In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall dogges licke thy blood, euen thine. 1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Eliiah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemie? And he answered, I haue found [thee]: because thou hast sold thy selfe to worke euill in the sight of the LORD. 1 Kings 21:21 Behold, I will bring euill vpon thee, and will take away thy posteritie, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut vp, and left in Israel, 1 Kings 21:22 And will make thine house like the house of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the sonne of Ahiiah, for the prouocation wherewith thou hast prouoked [mee] to anger, and made Israel to sinne. 1 Kings 21:23 And of Iezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eate Iezebel by the wall of Iezreel. 1 Kings 21:24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the citie, the dogs shall eate: and him that dieth in the field, shall the foules of the aire eat.
Wicked Ahab repenting, God deferreth the judgment.
1 Kings 21:25 But there was none like vnto Ahab, which did sell himselfe to worke wickednesse in the sight of the LORD, whom Iezebel his wife stirred vp. 1 Kings 21:26 And hee did very abominably in following Idoles, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 1 Kings 21:27 And it came to passe when Ahab heard those wordes, that hee rent his clothes, and put sackecloth vpon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. 1 Kings 21:28 And the word of the LORD came to Eliiah the Tishbite, saying, 1 Kings 21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himselfe before mee? because hee humbleth himselfe before mee, I will not bring the euill in his dayes: [but] in his sonnes dayes will I bring the euill vpon his house.