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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