1 Kings Trivia:

1 Kings 21

Naboth's vineyard
21:1-6

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.

Naboth had a vineyard nearby King Ahab's palace.

21:2 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.

Ahab said to Naboth,
I'd like to buy or trade for your vineyard.

21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

Naboth said,
I can't give up the inheritance of my fathers.

21:4 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.

Ahab was so upset by Naboth's refusal to give up his vineyard that he laid down on his bed and refused to eat.

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

His wife, Jezebel, said to him,
Why are you so sad that you won't even eat?

21:6 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.

Ahab said to her,
Because Naboth won't let me buy or trade for his vineyard.
Jezebel's plan
21:7-10

21:7 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.

21:8 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.

21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:

Jezebel said,
Aren't you the king of Israel?

Don't worry about it. Be happy.

I'll get Naboth's vineyard for you.

So she wrote some letters in Ahab's name and sent them to the elders of the city, saying,
Proclaim a fast and get some false witnesses (sons of Belial) to testify that Naboth has blasphemed God and the king.

21:10 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.

Then everyone will stone him to death. [1]

Naboth is stoned to death
21:11-16

21:11 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.

21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

So all the men of the city proclaimed a fast and put Naboth on trial.

21:13 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.

Two sons of Belial said that Naboth blasphemed God and the king.

Then everyone stoned him to death (with stones).

21:14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

After stoning Naboth, a message was sent to Jezebel, saying,
Naboth has been stoned to death.

21:15 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.

When Jezebel got the message, she said to Ahab,
Naboth's vineyard is now yours.

21:16 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.

So Ahab went to the vineyard to take possession of it.
Elijah tells Ahab what God says
21:17-29

21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:18 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.

And the word of the Lord came to Eljah, saying,
Get up and go down to meet Ahab.

He's in Naboth's vineyard.

21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, 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.

21:20 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.

Say this to Ahab,
This is what God says:
Did you kill Naboth and take his vineyard?

Where the dogs licked Naboth's blood, they will lick yours. [2]

21:21 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,

I will bring evil upon you and cut off everyone in your family who pisses against a wall.

21:22 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.

I'll make your house like that of Jeroboam and Baasha.

21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.

The dogs will eat Jezebel.

21:24 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.

21:25 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.

21:26 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.

Dogs will eat Ahab's family if they die in the city.

Birds will eat them if they die in the country.

21:27 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.

When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his flesh, and fasted.

21:28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

21:29 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.

And the word of God came to Elijah, saying,
Do you see how Ahab is humbling himself before me?

Because he's doing that, I won't bring evil on him.

I'll bring evil on his son instead.