The Lord’s Judgment on Ahab

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite:(A) 18 “Get up and go to meet King Ahab of Israel,(B) who is in Samaria.(C) He’s in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19 Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you murdered(D) and also taken possession?’ (E) Then tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where the dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, the dogs will also lick up your blood!’” (F)

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So, my enemy, you’ve found me, have you?” (G)

He replied, “I have found you because you devoted(H) yourself to do what is evil in the Lord’s sight. 21 This is what the Lord says:[a] ‘I am about to bring disaster on you and will eradicate your descendants:

I will wipe out all of Ahab’s males,[b]
both slave and free,[c] in Israel;(I)

22 I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam(J) son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha(K) son of Ahijah, because you have angered me and caused Israel to sin.’(L) 23 The Lord also speaks of Jezebel: ‘The dogs will eat Jezebel in the plot of land[d] at Jezreel:(M)

24 Anyone who belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, the dogs will eat,
and anyone who dies in the field, the birds[e] will eat.’”(N)

25 Still, there was no one like Ahab, who devoted himself to do what was evil in the Lord’s sight, because his wife Jezebel incited him.(O)

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Footnotes

  1. 21:21 LXX; MT omits This is what the Lord says
  2. 21:21 Lit eliminate Ahab’s one who urinates against the wall
  3. 21:21 Or males, even the weak and impaired; Hb obscure
  4. 21:23 Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg, Vg, 2Kg 9:36; other Hb mss, LXX read the rampart
  5. 21:24 Lit birds of the sky

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