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1 Kings 21-22 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

21 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.

And Ahab spoke 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.”

And Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid me that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.”

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 lay down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

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

And he said unto her, “Because I spoke 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.’”

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.”

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 who were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.

And she wrote in the letters, saying, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

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.”

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.

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

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 blasphemed God and the king.” Then they carried him forth out of the city and stoned him with stones, so that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned and is dead.”

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been 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.”

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.

17 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria. Behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he has gone down to possess it.

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.’”

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.

21 ‘Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that urinates against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel.

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 sin.’

23 And of Jezebel also spoke the Lord, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’

24 Him of Ahab that dieth in the city the dogs shall eat, andhim that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.”

25 But there was none like unto Ahab, who sold himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

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.

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 about dispiritedly.

28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

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.”

22 And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.

And it came to pass in the third year that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

And the king of Israel said unto his servants, “Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we are still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?”

And he said unto Jehoshaphat, “Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead?” And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.”

And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, “Inquire, I pray thee, for the word of the Lord today.”

Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, “Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear?” And they said, “Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.”

And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might inquire of him?”

And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, “Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.”

10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a vacant place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made himself horns of iron; and he said, “Thus saith the Lord: ‘With these shalt thou push the Syrians until thou have consumed them.’”

12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramothgilead and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver it into the king’s hand.”

13 And the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke unto him, saying, “Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth. Let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.”

14 And Micaiah said, “As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.”

15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, “Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear?” And he answered him, “Go, and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.”

16 And the king said unto him, “How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?”

17 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let them return every man to his house in peace.’”

18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?”

19 And Micaiah said, “Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.

20 And the Lord said, ‘Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead?’ And one said in this manner, and another said in that manner.

21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will persuade him.’

22 And the Lord said unto him, ‘Wherewith?’ And he said, ‘Iwill go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And He said, ‘Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also. Go forth, and do so.’

23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.

24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek and said, “Which way went the spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?”

25 And Micaiah said, “Behold, thou shalt see in that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.”

26 And the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son;

27 and say, ‘Thus saith the king: Put this fellow in theprison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction until I come in peace.’”

28 And Micaiah said, “If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hearken, O people, every one of you!”

29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.

30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, “I willing disguise myself and enter into the battle, but put thou on thy robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself and went into the battle.

31 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains who had rule over his chariots, saying, “Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.”

32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “Surely it is the king of Israel.” And they turned aside to fight against him; and Jehoshaphat cried out.

33 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.

34 And a certain man drew a bow at random, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the armor. Therefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, “Turn thine hand and carry me out of the host, for I am wounded.”

35 And the battle increased that day. And the king was propped up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at evening; and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.

36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, “Every man to his city, and every man to his own country!”

37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.

38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armor, according unto the word of the Lord which He spoke.

39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

41 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.

42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And hismother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father. He turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for the people offered and burned incense yet in the high places.

44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.

45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

46 And the remnant of the sodomites, who remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

47 There was then no king in Edom; a deputy was king.

48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold; but they went not, for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.

49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, “Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships.” But Jehoshaphat would not.

50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.

52 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin;

53 for he served Baal and worshiped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.

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