1 Kings 21:9

“And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaime a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now she wrote in the letters, saying, "Proclaim a fast and seat Naboth at the head of the people;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in the letter she said, Let a time of public sorrow be fixed, and put Naboth at the head of the people;
- Basic English Bible

And she wrote in the letter saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people;
- Darby Bible

And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
- Webster's Bible

She wrote in the letters, saying, "Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
- World English Bible

and she writeth in the letters, saying, `Proclaim a fast, and cause Naboth to sit at the head of the people,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And she wrote in the letters, saying: 'Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 21:9


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.


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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