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When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, 1 he got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
They observed a time of fasting and put Naboth in front of the people.
Then they reported to Jezebel, “Naboth has been stoned to death.” 1
When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she 1 said to Ahab, “Get up, take possession of the vineyard Naboth the Jezreelite refused to sell you for silver, for Naboth is no longer alive; he’s dead.”
But Naboth replied to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should sell you my ancestral inheritance.” 1
This is what she wrote: 1 “Observe a time of fasting and seat Naboth in front of the people.
The two villains arrived and sat opposite him. Then the villains testified against Naboth right before the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they dragged him 1 outside the city and stoned him to death. 2
She wrote out orders, 1 signed Ahab’s name to them, 2 and sealed them with his seal. She then sent the orders 3 to the leaders 4 and to the nobles who lived in Naboth’s city. 5
“Get up, go down and meet King Ahab of Israel who lives in Samaria. He is at the vineyard of Naboth; he has gone down there to take possession of it.
So Ahab went into his palace, bitter and angry that Naboth the Jezreelite had said, 1 “I will not sell to you my ancestral inheritance.” 2 He lay down on his bed, pouted, 3 and would not eat.
He answered her, “While I was talking to Naboth the Jezreelite, I said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard for silver, or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not sell you my vineyard.’” 1
His wife Jezebel said to him, “You are the king of Israel! 1 Get up, eat some food, and have a good time. 2 I will get the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite for you.”
Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Haven’t you committed murder and taken possession of the property of the deceased?”’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “In the spot where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood they will also lick up your blood – yes, yours!”’”
Jehoram ordered, “Hitch up my chariot.” 1 When his chariot had been hitched up, 2 King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah went out in their respective chariots 3 to meet Jehu. They met up with him 4 in the plot of land that had once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel.
Jehu ordered 1 his officer Bidkar, “Pick him up and throw him into the part of the field that once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel. Remember, you and I were riding together behind his father Ahab, when the Lord pronounced this judgment on him,
‘“Know for sure that I saw the shed blood of Naboth and his sons yesterday,” says the Lord, “and that I will give you what you deserve right here in this plot of land,” 1 says the Lord.’ So now pick him up and throw him into this plot of land, just as the Lord said.” 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, 1 I will pay you silver for it.” 2