1 Kings 21:11

“And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the men of his city, the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent {word} to them, just as it was written in the letters which she had sent them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, according as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the responsible men and the chiefs who were in authority in his town, did as Jezebel had said in the letter she sent them.
- Basic English Bible

And the men of his city, the elders and the nobles that dwelt in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letter that she had sent to them:
- Darby Bible

And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them.
- Webster's Bible

The men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, according as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them.
- World English Bible

And the men of his city, the elders and the freemen who are dwelling in his city, do as Jezebel hath sent unto them, as written in the letters that she sent unto them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who dwelt in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, according as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for 1 Kings 21

  • Anne
    We are reminded of the tenth commandment which says "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house........nor anything that is thy neighbour's". (Ex. 20:17)
  • Jim Dowies
    Just like today, powerful people have no problem finding others who are willing to be dishonest for them in order to curry favor. Verse 11 says that the men of the city, and the elders and the nobles all got in on the lie in order to please the queen and they ended up killing an honest man just because the wicked queen wanted it. There 's no record that anyone refused to lie.
  • Maxine R. Gladden
    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
    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
    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
    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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