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1 Kings 21:1-4

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Ahab Murders Naboth

21:1 After this the following episode took place. 1  Naboth the Jezreelite owned a vineyard in Jezreel adjacent to the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. 2  21:2 Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard so I can make a vegetable garden out of it, for it is adjacent to my palace. I will give you an even better vineyard in its place, or if you prefer, 3  I will pay you silver for it.” 4  21:3 But Naboth replied to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should sell you my ancestral inheritance.” 5 

21:4 So Ahab went into his palace, bitter and angry that Naboth the Jezreelite had said, 6  “I will not sell to you my ancestral inheritance.” 7  He lay down on his bed, pouted, 8  and would not eat.

1 tn Heb “after these things.” The words “the following episode took place” are added for stylistic reasons.

2 sn King Ahab of Samaria. Samaria, as the capital of the northern kingdom, here stands for the nation of Israel.

map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

3 tn Heb “if it is good in your eyes.”

4 tc The Old Greek translation includes the following words: “And it will be mine as a garden of herbs.”

5 tn Heb “Far be it from me, by the Lord, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you.”

6 tn Heb “on account of the word that Naboth the Jezreelite spoke to him.”

7 tn Heb “I will not give to you the inheritance of my fathers.”

8 tn Heb “turned away his face.”



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