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“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 there came in two men, children of Belial, ...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.” - 1 Kings 21:11-13.

Comment:

When Ahab requested Naboth to sell his vineyard to him, as it was near his palace, or instead of buying it, give him a better one, Naboth had refused resolutely. Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.”  Naboth's refusal was based on the law of God which prohibits the sale of a paternal inheritance.  (Leviticus 25:23; Numbers 36:7) His wife Jezebel, on noticing that the king brooded over the unexpected refusal of Naboth to sell his vineyard, hatched a wicked plot in which she got the elders of Israel to hire two vain fellows to bear false witness that they heard and saw Naboth blaspheme God Almighty and the king.  When Jezebel told Ahab that Naboth was dead, he quickly rose and took possession of the vineyard. But God takes account of every evil deed and will reward each person in His own due time. Elijah the prophet was sent to tell Ahab, “Thus saith the LORD, 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.... And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel...” (1 Kings 21:1-29) The prophecies fulfilled to the letter on Ahab and Jezebel. – 1 Kings 22:31-40; Kings 9:31-37.

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