Neviim Rishonim Melekhim Alef / 1 Kings Chapter 21

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Navot ha Yizre'eli is murdered for His vineyard

21:1 And it came to pass after these things, [that] Navot ha Yizre'eli had a vineyard, which [was] in Yizre'el, hard by the palace of Ach'av melekh Shomron.

21:2 And Ach'av spake unto Navot, 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.

21:3 And Navot said to Ach'av:

YHWH (יהוה) forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my avot unto thee.

21:4 And Ach'av came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Navot ha Yizre'eli had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my avot. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

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

21:6 And he said unto her:

Because I spake unto Navot the Yizre'eli, 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.

21:7 And Izevel his wife said unto him:

Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Yisra'el?

Arise, [and] eat bread, and let thine heart be merry:

I will give thee the vineyard of Navot the Yizre'eli.

21:8 So she wrote letters in Ach'av'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 Navot.

21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying:

Proclaim a fast, and set Navot on high among the people:

21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme Elohim (אלהים) and the melekh. And [then] carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

21:11 And the men of his city, [even] the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Izevel 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 Navot on high among the people.

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 Navot, in the presence of the people, saying, Navot did blaspheme Elohim (אלהים) and the melekh. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

21:14 Then they sent to Izevel, saying:

Navot is stoned, and is dead.

21:15 And it came to pass, when Izevel heard that Navot was stoned, and was dead, that Izevel said to Ach'av, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Navot ha Yizre'eli, which he refused to give thee for money: for Navot is not alive, but dead.

21:16 And it came to pass, when Ach'av heard that Navot was dead, that Ach'av rose up to go down to the vineyard of Navot the Yizre'eli, to take possession of it.

Hashem Condemns Ach'av

21:17 And the Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came to Eliyahu ha Tishbite, saying:

21:18 Arise, go down to meet Ach'av melekh Yisra'el, which [is] in Shomron: behold, [he is] in the vineyard of Navot, whither he is gone down to possess it.

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

Thus saith YHWH (יהוה):

Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?

And thou shalt speak unto him, saying,

Thus saith YHWH (יהוה):

In the place where dogs licked the blood of Navot shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

21:20 And Ach'av said to Eliyahu, 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 YHWH (יהוה).

21:21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ach'av him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Yisra'el,

21:22 And will make thine house like the beit Yarov`am Ben Nevat, and like the beit Baasha Ben Ahiyah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked [me] to anger, and made Yisra'el to sin.

21:23 And of Izevel also spake YHWH (יהוה), saying:

The dogs shall eat Izevel by the wall of Yizre'el.

21:24 Him that dieth of Ach'av 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 Ach'av, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of YHWH (יהוה), whom Izevel his wife stirred up.

21:26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all [things] as did the Amorites, whom YHWH (יהוה) cast out before the children of Yisra'el.

21:27 And it came to pass, when Ach'av heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

21:28 And the Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came to Eliyahu ha Tishbite, saying:

21:29 Seest thou how Ach'av 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.


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