1 Kings Chapter 21 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Ahab being denied Naboths vineyard, is grieued. 5 Iezebel writing letters against Naboth, he is condemned of blasphemie. 15 Ahab taketh possession of the vineyard. 17 Eliiah denounceth iudgements against Ahab and Iezebel. 25 Wicked Ahab repenting, God deferreth the iudgement.
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.2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.22
View Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings Chapter 21
21:3 The Lord forbid - For God had expressly, and for divers weightyreasons forbidden the alienation of lands from the tribes and families towhich they were allotted. And although these might have been alienated'till the jubilee, yet he durst not sell it to the king for that time;because he supposed, if once it came into the king's hand, neither he, norhis posterity, could ever recover it; and so he should both offend God, andwrong his posterity.
21:7 Dost thou govern - Art thou fit to be king, that hast not courageto use thy power.
21:9 A fast - To remove all suspicion of evil design in Ahab, andto beget a good opinion of him amongst his people, as if he were grownzealous for God's honour, and careful of his people's welfare, andtherefore desirous to enquire into all those sins which provoked Godagainst them. On high - On a scaffold, or high - place, where malefactorswere usually placed, that they might be seen, and heard by all the people.
21:10 Blaspheme God and the king - Indeed his blaspheming God wouldonly be the forfeiture of his life, not his estate. Therefore he ischarged with treason also, that his estate may be confiscated, and soAhab have his vineyard.
21:13 Stoned him - And it seems his sons too, either with him or afterhim. For God afterward says, (#2Kings 9:26|)I have seen the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons.Let us commit the keeping of our lives and comforts to God; for innocenceitself will not always be our security.
21:19 Saying - Thou hast murdered an innocent man; and instead ofrepenting for it, hast added another piece of injustice and violenceto it, and art going confidently and chearfully to reap the fruit ofthy wickedness. Thy blood - The threatening was so directed at first;but afterwards, upon his humiliation, the punishment was transferredfrom him to his son, as is expressed, ver.#29|,yet upon Ahab's returning to sin, in the next chapter, he brings backthe curse upon himself, and so it is no wonder if it be in some sortfulfilled in him also.
21:20 Hast thou found - Dost thou pursue me from place to place?Wilt thou never let me rest? Art thou come after me hither with thyunwelcome messages? Thou art always disturbing, threatening, and opposingme. I have - The hand of God hath found and overtaken thee. Soldthyself - Thou hast wholly resigned up thyself to be the bondslave of thedevil, as a man that sells himself to another is totally in his master'spower. To work evil, &c. - Impudently and contemptuously. Those whogive themselves up to sin will certainly be found out, sooner or later,to their unspeakable amazement.
21:23 By the wall - Or, in the portion, as it is explained#2Kings 9:36|.
21:24 Him that dieth, &c. - Punishments after death are here mostinsisted on. And these, tho' lighting on the body only, yet undoubtedlywere designed as figures of the soul's misery in an after state.
21:25 Was none - None among all the kings of Israel which hadbeen before him. Whom Jezebel - This is added to shew, that temptationsto sin are no excuse to the sinner.
21:27 Softly - Slowly and silently, after the manner of mourners, orthose who are under a great consternation.
21:29 Humbleth himself - His humiliation was real, though not lasting,and accordingly pleasing to God. This discovers the great goodness of God,and his readiness to shew mercy. It teaches us to take notice of that whichis good, even in the worst of men. It gives a reason why wicked personsoften prosper: God rewards what little good is in them. And it encouragestrue penitents. If even Ahab goes to his house reprieved, doubtlessthey shall go to their houses justified.
1 Kings Chapter 21 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Hebr. be good in thine eyes.
9 Heb. in the top of the people.
21 Chap.14. 10. 2.king. 9.8. , 1.Sam. 25.22. , Chap.14. 10.
22 Chap. 15. 29. , Chap.16. 3.
23 2.King.9. 36. , Or, ditch.
25 Or, incited.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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