1 Kings 21

Thomson(i) 1 Now Nabuthi the Jezraelite had a vineyard near the threshing floor of Achab king of Samaria. 2 And Achab spoke to Nabuthi, saying, Give me this vineyard of thine, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near my house; and I will give thee another vineyard better than it; or if it seem good in thy sight, I will give thee money in exchange for thy vineyard, that I may have it for a kitchen garden. 3 And Nabuthi said to Achab, God forbid that I should give thee the inheritance of my fathers: 4 at which Achab's spirit was so disturbed, that he laid himself down on his bed and covered his face and would not eat. 5 Thereupon Jezabel his wife, went to him and said to him, Why is thy spirit troubled so that thou art not at thy meal? 6 And he said to her, Because I spoke to Nabuthi the Jesraelite, saying, Give me thy vineyard for money, or if thou please I will give thee another vineyard for it; but he said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. 7 And Jezabel his wife said to him, Is it thus thou now actest the king over Israel? Arise and eat, and be like thyself, and I will give thee the vineyard of Nabuthi the Jezraelite. 8 Then she wrote a letter in Achab's name, and sealed it with his seal, and sent it to the elders and freemen, who dwelt with Nabuthi. 9 This was the purport of the letter. Proclaim a fast and set Nabuthi at the head of the people, 10 and suborn two wicked men and let them testify against him saying, He renounced God and the king. Then let him be led out and stoned to death. 11 And the men of the city, the elders and freemen who dwelt in his city did as Jezabel had sent to them, even as it was written in the letter she sent them. 12 So having proclaimed a fast, they set Nabuthi at the head of the people, 13 and there came in two wicked men and sat over against him and testified against him saying, Thou hast renounced God and the king. Upon which they led him out of the city, and stoned him with stones so that he died. 14 Then they sent to Jezabel saying, Nabuthi hath been stoned and is dead. 15 When Jezabel heard she said to Achab, Arise and take possession of the vineyard of Nabuthi the Jezraelite, who would not give it to thee for money, for he is not alive, for he is dead. 16 But when Achab heard that Nabuthi the Jezraelite was dead, he rent his clothes and put on sackcloth; yet after doing this, he arose and went down to the vineyard of Nabuthi the Jezraelite, to take possession of it. 17 Whereupon the Lord spoke to Elias the Thesbite, saying, 18 Arise and go down to meet Achab king of Israel, who is at Samaria; for he is in the vineyard of Nabuthi; for he is gone down there to take possession of it 19 And thou shalt speak to him, and say, Thus saith the Lord, As thou hast murdered and taken possession, therefore thus saith the Lord, In every place where the swine and dogs have licked the blood of Nabuthi, there shall the dogs lick thy blood, and harlots shall bathe themselves in thy blood. 20 And Achab said to Elias, Hast thou found me, my enemy? To which he replied, I have found thee. Because thou hast sold thyself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to wrath, 21 behold I am going to bring evil upon thee, and I will kindle a flame after thee and utterly destroy the whole race of Achab, both him who is attended and him who is neglected in Israel. 22 And I will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nabat, and like the house of Bassa son of Achia, for the provocations with which thou hast provoked me, and caused Israel to sin. 23 And to Jezabel the Lord hath spoken saying, The dogs shall devour her on the ramparts of Jezrael. 24 Him of Achab who dieth in the city, the dogs shall devour, and him who dieth in the fields, the birds of the air shall devour. 25 But though Achab had acted foolishly in selling himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, as Jezabel his wife incited him, 26 and though he had rendered himself very abominable, by following abominations with all the ceremonies practised by the Amorites, whom the Lord had rooted out from before Israel; 27 yet as Achab was struck with compunction at this message on account of the Lord, and went away weeping; and as he had rent his clothes and girded sackcloth on his body and fasted; for he had put on sackcloth on the day he smote Nabuthi the Jezraelite; therefore when he went away, 28 a word of the Lord came by the hand of his servant Elias concerning Achab, and the Lord said, 29 Hast thou seen how Achab is struck with compunction on account of me? I will not bring on the calamity in his days; but in the days of his sons I will bring it on.