And it came to pass after
these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard,
which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of
Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard,
that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is
near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better
vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will
give thee the worth of it in money.
And Naboth said to Ahab, The
LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of
my fathers unto thee.
And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased
because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had
spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the
inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his
bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
But Jezebel his wife came to
him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that
thou eatest no bread?
And he said unto her, Because
I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him,
Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please
thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he
answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
And Jezebel his wife said
unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel?
arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I
will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
So she wrote letters in
Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the
letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in
his city, dwelling with Naboth.
And she wrote in the letters,
saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among
And set two men, sons of
Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying,
Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry
him out, and stone him, that he may die.