1 Kings Chapter 21

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1 Kings 21

1 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 Samaria.

And 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 the people:

10 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.

11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.

12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.

16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

17 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.

19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith theLord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.

21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,

22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.

23 And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.

24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

34 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 21

  1. Jezebel went against what the Lord said but one man humbled himself and God decided not to punish him but his past down generation instead …….sometimes when we sin and we repent before the Lord and humble ourselves God will forgive us and give us second chances. But we shouldn’t take advantage of God.
    He is very powerful and He can break or make us -whatever he chooses to do. We are God’s people.
    Lord help me to be sumbmissive to you and not me or someone else., Thank you Jesus.
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  2. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord. (1 Kings 21:20 KJV)

    This verse reminds me of Paul’s words, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16 KJV)

  3. vs 29 what we do does effect others, especially our families. Ahab was spared, but his sin caused his family to be cursed.

  4. Death by tongue!!!

    13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

    I don’t understand how there can be people that don’t believe in hell. It is obvious that in this world there are 2 powers, the power of good and the power of evil. It should be just as obvious that there should be 2 rewards, one good and one evil = heaven and hell.

    This should be a good example to young men everywhere BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CHOSE FOR A WIFE. Jezreel was evil no more discussion, evil to the core so she did evil things; but shame on those who did as she asked because of fear. They spoke false witness against a good man, a righteous man. Makes you think who has control of your tongue. Good or evil for depending who does, there is the fruit there of.

    Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

  5. “So, my enemy, you have found me!” Ahab exclaimed to Elijah.

    “Yes,” Elijah answered, “I have come because you have sold yourself to what is evil in the LORD’s sight. (1 Kings 21:20 NLT)

    What good is all the riches and power of this world without Christ? Buy the truth and sell it not (Prov 23:23). For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10 KJV)

    Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. (Hebrews 12:14-17 NLT)

  6. There are always consequences for sins committed. God never lets one sin go unjudged. Only those covered by his blood will be spared.

    Ahab made too many mistakes to keep himself from the consequences of his sins. However, God chose to withhold judgement from Ahab for a season because of his attitude.

    When we make it right we will still reap the harvests of bad seeds sown. That is why it is so important to sow good seeds immediately. Endure through the hard times because good times are coming!

    29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

  7. BUT GOD

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    17-19 Then God stepped in and spoke to Elijah the Tishbite, “On your feet; go down and confront Ahab of Samaria, king of Israel. You’ll find him in the vineyard of Naboth; he’s gone there to claim it as his own. Say this to him: ‘God’s word: What’s going on here? First murder, then theft?’ Then tell him, ‘God’s verdict: The very spot where the dogs lapped up Naboth’s blood, they’ll lap up your blood—that’s right, your blood.'”
    20-22 Ahab answered Elijah, “My enemy! So, you’ve run me down!”

    This story of Jezebel reminds me of a message that Bro. Foster preached about “Bossy Women and Weak Back Men”. We have several occurrences where wives have taken matters into their own hands and found themselves in deep trouble with GOD; including Eve, Sarah and now Jezebel, while 2 were at least associated with following GOD; here in Jezebel we find an evil plot for a selfish gain.

    It seemed that her plan worked perfect as plotted, however there is always miscalculation when you leave GOD out of the equation. Murder then theft always equals judgement.

    Notice crybaby Ahab; he cried over the field and he cried over GOD finding him through the prophet.

    Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

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  8. The inheritance we have we must not give it away for money or land or a name.
    Naboth said the Lord forbid me that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto you. Naboth understood it was more then just a vinyar but a inheritance God blessed his fathers with and his fathers my have had to fight for it, maybe bleed for so how can I just so freely and easily give it up.
    We must hold on to it

  9. Be sure your sins will find you out. What a horrible wicked king Ahab was. He was king over most of Israel and pouted and sulked over one vineyard that he could not posses. Even though Jezebel was the conspirator behind Naboth’s murder, Ahab was in on it and approved off the plan. Blinded by greed over a single vineyard he sealed his fate with an evil plan and now dog’s will lick his blood from the streets.
    The price must be paid. Even though Ahab found grace by his actions of remorse, the price for his evil must be paid through his lineage. Thank you Jesus for paying the price for this generation!

  10. This chapter illustrates passing. The king was judge for his actions, however he humbled himself before the Lord. Because of his humbleness his sins were passed forward, however it would be to his own. We must be mindful of what we do, although we may make it right with God our sins may just be passed forward to our own. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name.

  11. 20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.

    21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
    Ahab stayed in his pity party way to long. That his wife took control, she had influence, in a negative way! How powerful it can become once you allow for sin to settle in, sometimes we fail to acknowledge that there is a price that will be paid. Romans6:23 the wages of sin is death. This Death( spiritual) does not only affect Us, but generations that come after us!

  12. 3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

    5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

    25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

    As I was reading this, I got a new perspective on how this scenario may have played out. I notice that Naboth, though seemingly in the right with refusing to give up his God-given inheritance, responded in a manor that seemed possibly offensive, if not disrespectful. Yes Ahab was not a godly man, but he was still king. I remember how Paul respectfully addressed various rulers he spoke with while in Roman captivity. Naboth’s words seem to lack care and respect for Ahab in his position as king.

    Jezebel, on the other hand, seems to have mastered sweet-talking Ahab and even though she was clearly in the wrong, got her way. Naboth got what he wanted short-term, but Ahab was later persuaded to change; Ahab was consistently stirred to action by Jezebel, and it seems her influence was a much more powerful and lasting one than Naboth’s.

    It goes to show, there is a right and a wrong way to do things, regardless of how right you are. We need not be manipulative like Jezebel, but you certainly catch more flies with honey than sulphuric acid.

    God is looking to use those who will lovingly influence/encourage/exhort in a constructive godly manner:

    Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25 KJV)

  13. You reap what you sow. We have to be careful what are sowing cause it not only hurts us it hurts others around us. You never know who is watching you and following you.

  14. 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

    It pays to be humble…
    If Ahab would not have humbled himself and prayed God judgement would have been upon him. God had already spoke the words of judgement against him and nothing would have stopped it but Ahabs humility. Who knows what judgements we are staying in our lives by being humble and repenting.

  15. 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

    For what Ahab did, it would be his son to pay later down the road. Many times we don’t think of what our acts will do not only to us,but to our loved ones, and to the next generation. God is just to forgive us, and yet we take that and run with it. We think ,” Well, we live under grace,” and although we do God is still our Father and will correct us if needed.

  16. v2And 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.

    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s…”
    “…” “nor anything that is thy neighbor’s”
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  17. So he wanted the vineyard and he could not have it do his wife wrote a letter saying she wanted him dead so they killed him. And then he went to go take over the vineyard and a vineyard is like a garden. So when he took over the garden then he was going to die, but then someone said that he would not die, but his children would die instead. –Anthony

  18. 7. 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.

    You can’t give what you don’t own. Sure, he went to take possession, but ran right into the word of God…

    17. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

    Like Satan tried to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world…

    Matthew 4:
    8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
    9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

    …didn’t work then, either

    10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

  19. We must not sell our inheritance! You will always reap what you sow,whether it’s good that we do or if it’s bad,there will come a payday!!Lord help me to sow good seed in my garden of life!!

  20. 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

  21. 5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

    6 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.

    7 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.

    What a weak (wimpy) man Ahab was to come in pouting until his wife asked him what was wrong & then allowed her to go and get the vineyard he wanted for himself -the one he couldn’t purchase uprightly or legally. Ahab knew she would do it for him because he knew what kind of woman she was-evil! He didn’t have the right to buy it or take it but also didn’t have the guts to do it like Jezebel would. When Elijah came and told him what the Lord said, he was smart enough to repent because he knew he had done wrong; but because of his willingness to allow his wife to do evil for him, his family suffers for it in the long run. Our sins will find us out and while we may escape punishment because we knew better and then repented-what does our life style say to those who watch us: our kids and grandkids! They will watch and repeat and then be punished for how we lived & from not knowing the correct way. Help me Lord be an example to those closest to me so I can see my family saved.

  22. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. -Proverbs 23:23

    The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. -Psalms 16:5

    3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

    I thank God for the inheritance that he has give unto us.

  23. In this chapter, Ahab first had a pity party after not getting what he wanted. Then, Jezebel took matters into her own hands. Finally, Ahab repents after realizing that he has been called out by the prophet, Elijah. Once again, we see how our actions do touch other peoples lives. The Lord saw how sorry Ahab was and didn’t punish his family while he was alive; but, his son would pay the price for his sin.

  24. 3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

    obeying the voice of God would cost him his life but it is better to obey and gain heaven than to disobey and find yourself waking up in hell.

  25. Jezebel fully knew what she was doing when she killed the other man.
    The punishment of killing the man and then taking the land was his own death. When he found out what happened he was grieved. He felt so bad that God postponed his punishment. Consequences are always there for your actions. Even when you don’t see the consequences they occur. In this case they waited for his children instead of him.
    When we repent God forgives, but there is still some kind of consequence to our past actions.

  26. 29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.
    If you sin doesn’t get you it might get your kids.

  27. Naboth’s refusal to make a deal with Ahab is not an act of stubborn self-will but of loyalty to God’s Laws. Naboth know that his family’s land has merely been loaned to him. All the land of Israel, including this vineyard of Naboth, actually belongs to the Lord. Naboth sees himself as the Lord sees him, not as an owner, but as a steward of God’s property. To sell it permanently to Ahab would have been a direct violation of the law (Lev 25:23). So Naboth refuses. The best choice that Naboth could have done was to simply refuse to be disobedient to the Lord. We can too learn from Naboth, I’m sure that Ahab king of Israel’s offer was overly appealing…all those riches cannot bring salvation the Lord will. Matt 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Some offers are more than worth passing on.

  28. Ahab the King whom could have it all wanted someone elses property. How easy it would of been for him to just take over the land, but it wasn’t so easy Naboth wasn’t giving up the land so Jezebel decided to take matters into her own hands and orders Naboth to be killed.

    Taking someone elses belongings by force is exactly what Jezebel did for her husband.

    Lord help me be mindful of others and deliver me from any haste and jelousy that gets in the way of pleasing you.

  29. Two things I want to comment on in this chapter, the integrity that Naboth had when approached by the King; He was not willing to sell his inheritance. We need to have that same integrity with truth – buy the truth and sell it not declares Proverbs 23:23 ” Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

    Point # 2 is Jezebel’s lack of submission to authority to her authority. How important it is for wives to be submitted to the authority of their husbands and to God. It is not God’s will for women to rule over their husbands, and step out of their God given place into their husbands place of authority. My prayer is that women will submit themselves to the Lord, and in doing so they will properly be submitted to their husbands, and follow his lead and guide, not going over his head to do their own thing. Ephesians 5:22
    ” Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”

  30. 25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

    Here we see the power of influence, again, that a woman can have over her spouse. Ahab sold himself to work wickedness but his wife stirred it up. What are we going to stir up today? The gift that is within us or wickedness. We all have a choice. I choose Jesus.

  31. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house. (1 Kings 21:29 KJV)

    You always have to remember that the actions we do in our days will continually effect the generations that follow, whether good or bad

  32. Nothing good can come from evil deeds. The word of God says that we shall reap what we have sown. When you mess with God’s design, there will be consequences.

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