1 Kings Chapter 21
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2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
22 And will make 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, and made Israel to sin.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Kings Chapter 21 Bible commentary...
Ahab covets Naboth's vineyard. (1-4) Naboth murdered by Jezebel. (5-16) Elijah denounces judgments against Ahab. (17-29)1-4 Naboth, perhaps, had been pleased that he had a vineyard situated so near the palace, but the situation proved fatal to him; many a man's possessions have been his snare, and his neighbourhood to greatness, of bad consequence. Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment, and makes men torment themselves. It is a sin that is its own parent; it arises not from the condition, but from the mind: as we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab was discontented in a palace. He had all the delights of Canaan, that pleasant land, at command; the wealth of a kingdom, the pleasures of a court, and the honours and powers of a throne; yet all avails him nothing without Naboth's vineyard. Wrong desires expose men to continual vexations, and those that are disposed to fret, however well off, may always find something or other to fret at.
5-16 When, instead of a help meet, a man has an agent for Satan, in the form of an artful, unprincipled, yet beloved wife, fatal effects may be expected. Never were more wicked orders given by any prince, than those Jezebel sent to the rulers of Jezreel. Naboth must be murdered under colour of religion. There is no wickedness so vile, so horrid, but religion has sometimes been made a cover for it. Also, it must be done under colour of justice, and with the formalities of legal process. Let us, from this sad story, be amazed at the wickedness of the wicked, and the power of Satan in the children of disobedience. Let us commit the keeping of our lives and comforts to God, for innocence will not always be our security; and let us rejoice in the knowledge that all will be set to rights in the great day.
17-29 Blessed Paul complains that he was sold under sin, #Ro 7:14|, as a poor captive against his will; but Ahab was willing, he sold himself to sin; of choice, and as his own act and deed, he loved the dominion of sin. Jezebel his wife stirred him up to do wickedly. Ahab is reproved, and his sin set before his eyes, by Elijah. That man's condition is very miserable, who has made the word of God his enemy; and very desperate, who reckons the ministers of that word his enemies, because they tell him the truth. Ahab put on the garb and guise of a penitent, yet his heart was unhumbled and unchanged. Ahab's repentance was only what might be seen of men; it was outward only. Let this encourage all that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe the holy gospel, that if a pretending partial penitent shall go to his house reprieved, doubtless, a sincere believing penitent shall go to his house justified.
Maxine R. Gladden's 1 Kings Chapter 21 comment on 4/16/2013, 9:22pm...
Greetings in the Sovereign Name of the Lord Jesus Christ! I believe the Lord God shows that His heart is SO MOVED by ANY show of humility when man does wrong, that He's willing to deal with the LEAST of sincere reaction on our part! (I say least because King Ahab's reaction to the prophecy of doom was a sincere reaction of fear, yet pathetic in the REPENTANCE dept.; far from what Proverbs 28:13 & 1 John 1:7-10 calls for!) If God softened the sentence because of Ahab's feeble reaction, think of what He does for people that TRULY TAKE HIS WORD SERIOUSLY AND SUBMIT TO JESUS CHRIST FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO REALLY CHANGE THEM! Note: the GUILT is removed, but not the earthly consequences and heartfelt remorse!
OKORIE EKE's 1 Kings Chapter 21 comment on 10/23/2012, 5:37am...
If unbelievers could fast in order do evil and wickedness, how wonderful it will be when believers fast and pray according the word of GOD. The GOD of all creation will hear our prayers and answer us speedily.
Timothy Wayne George's 1 Kings Chapter 21 comment on 4/20/2012, 1:22pm...
Ahab was not a man after God's heart, but David was.
True David lusted after, and took another man's wife yet he repented in Psalm 51 he prayed create in me a clean heart, and restore a steadfast spirit in me. Ahab never did repent of the wicked sin he committed, and as the prophet told him the dogs would lick his, and his wife's blood in that vineyard. Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap Gal.6:7
This should teach all of us to be careful what we sow, because it will come back to us. We should sow to the spirit, and we will reap eternal life.
RALPH M. WATERS's 1 Kings Chapter 21 comment on 4/03/2012, 12:48pm...
I CAN NOT HELP BUT TO THINK OF DAVID, WHEN I READ THIS CHAPTER. AS DAVID DID TO OBTAIN ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE, AHAB HAS DONE FOR A VINEYARD.
WE SOMETIMES SELL OURSELVES FOR POSSESSIONS, IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. GOD'S WORD IS CLEAR, ON SEEKING HIM FIRST AND ALL THINGS WILL BE ADDED. BUT IN THIS DAY AND TIME, OUR PATIENCE AND EGO'S GET IN THE WAY. AND JUST LIKE DAVID AND AHAB, THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR DISOBEYING GOD'S WORD.
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