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1st Kings 21

Elijah and Ahab Meet at Last

Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. 2 And Ahab said to Naboth, "Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money." [...] 17 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: 18 Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19 You shall say to him, "Thus says the LORD: Have you killed, and also taken possession?" You shall say to him, "Thus says the LORD: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood." 20 Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" He answered, "I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD, 21 I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; 22 and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.

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What's missing are the verses where Jezebel conspires to have Naboth killed so Ahab may take his vineyard. At any rate, the plot is uncovered, Elijah has a movie-like redeeming, climatic moment where he confronts Ahab to tell him it's over. He lays it all out for him and it isn't pretty. The sweetness of the victory is delayed however. Immediately after this confrontation (and passage) Ahab repents. He is allowed to live and his fate will be carried out at his death rather than right then and there. Nothing more is said of Jezebel nor Elijah in 1st Kings, but God and Elijah have made their point.


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