New International Reader's Version

1 Kings 21:1-29

Naboth’s Vineyard

1Some time later King Ahab wanted a certain vineyard. It belonged to Naboth from Jezreel. The vineyard was in Jezreel. It was close to the palace of Ahab, the king of Samaria. 2Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard. It’s close to my palace. I want to use it for a vegetable garden. I’ll trade you a better vineyard for it. Or, if you prefer, I’ll pay you what it’s worth.”

3But Naboth replied, “May the Lord keep me from giving you the land my family handed down to me.”

4So Ahab went home. He was angry. He was in a bad mood because of what Naboth from Jezreel had said. He had told Ahab, “I won’t give you the land my family handed down to me.” So Ahab lay on his bed. He was in a very bad mood. He wouldn’t even eat anything.

5His wife Jezebel came in. She asked him, “Why are you in such a bad mood? Why won’t you eat anything?”

6He answered her, “Because I spoke to Naboth from Jezreel. I said, ‘Sell me your vineyard. Or, if you prefer, I’ll give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I won’t sell you my vineyard.’ ”

7His wife Jezebel said, “Is this how the king of Israel acts? Get up! Eat something! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth from Jezreel.”

8So she wrote some letters in Ahab’s name. She stamped them with his royal seal. Then she sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in the city where Naboth lived. 9In those letters she wrote,

“Announce a day when people are supposed to go without eating. Have Naboth sit in an important place among the people. 10But put two worthless and evil men in seats across from him. Have them bring charges that he has cursed God and the king. Then take him out of the city. Kill him by throwing stones at him.”

11So the elders and nobles who lived in that city did what Jezebel wanted. They did everything she directed in the letters she had written to them. 12They announced a day of fasting. They had Naboth sit in an important place among the people. 13Then two worthless and evil men came and sat across from him. They brought charges against Naboth in front of the people. The two men said, “Naboth has cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city. They killed him by throwing stones at him. 14Then they sent a message to Jezebel. They said, “Naboth is dead. We killed him by throwing stones at him.”

15Jezebel heard that Naboth had been killed. As soon as she heard it, she said to Ahab, “Get up. Take over the vineyard of Naboth from Jezreel. It’s the one he wouldn’t sell to you. He isn’t alive anymore. He’s dead.” 16Ahab heard that Naboth was dead. So Ahab got up and went down to take over Naboth’s vineyard.

17Then a message from the Lord came to Elijah, who was from Tishbe. The Lord said, 18“Go down to see Ahab, the king of Israel. He rules in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth’s vineyard. Ahab has gone there to take it over. 19Tell him, ‘The Lord says, “Haven’t you murdered a man? Haven’t you taken over his property?” ’ Then tell Ahab, ‘The Lord says, “Dogs licked up Naboth’s blood. In that same place dogs will lick up your blood. Yes, I said your blood!” ’ ”

20Ahab said to Elijah, “My enemy! You have found me!”

“I have found you,” he answered. “That’s because you gave yourself over to do evil things. You did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 21So the Lord says, ‘I am going to bring horrible trouble on you. I will destroy your children after you. I will destroy every male in Israel who is related to you. It does not matter whether they are slaves or free. 22I will make your royal house like the house of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. I will make it like the house of Baasha, the son of Ahijah. You have made me very angry. You have caused Israel to sin.’

23“The Lord also says, ‘Dogs will eat up Jezebel near the wall of Jezreel.’

24“Some of the people who belong to Ahab will die in the city. Dogs will eat them up. Others will die in the country. The birds will eat them.”

25There was never anyone like Ahab. He gave himself over to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord. His wife Jezebel talked him into it. 26He acted in the most evil way. He worshiped statues of gods. He was like the Amorites. The Lord drove them out to make room for Israel.

27When Ahab heard what Elijah had said, he tore his clothes. He put on the rough clothing people wear when they’re sad. He went without eating. He even slept in his clothes. He went around looking sad.

28Then a message from the Lord came to Elijah, who was from Tishbe. The Lord said, 29“Have you seen how Ahab has made himself humble in my sight? Because he has done that, I will not bring trouble on him while he lives. But I will bring it on his royal house when his son is king.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

列王記Ⅰ 21:1-29

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ナボテのぶどう畑

1イズレエル出身のナボテは、町はずれのアハブ王の宮殿の近くに、ぶどう畑を持っていました。 2ある日、王はナボテに、畑を譲ってほしいと申し出ました。「あそこを庭にしたい。宮殿に近いから、とても便利なのだ。」王は、銀で買い取ってもよいし、もしナボテが望むなら、もっと良い地を代わりに与えてもよいと言いました。 3ところがナボテは、「どんなことがあっても、お譲りするわけにはまいりません。あそこは先祖伝来の土地なのです」と答えました。 4王は不きげんになり、怒りながら宮殿に戻り、食事もせず、壁の方を向いたままベッドに横になっていました。

5妻のイゼベルが入って来て、アハブに尋ねました。「いったい、どうなさったのですか。お食事もなさらないとは。そんなにふさぎ込むほど、腹にすえかねることでもあったのですか。」そこで、アハブは答えました。 6「ナボテに、『ぶどう畑を売ってくれ、何ならほかの土地と交換してもいい』と頼んだのだが、あっさり断られてしまったのだ。」イゼベルは言いました。 7「まあ、あなたはイスラエルの王ではありませんか。さあ起きて、お食事をなさってください。そんなことで心配なさるには及びません。私がナボテのぶどう畑を手に入れてみせますから。」

8イゼベルは王の名で手紙を書き、王の印を押して、ナボテが住むイズレエルの町の長老に送りました。 9手紙には、こう書いてありました。「町の者に断食と祈りを命じなさい。それからナボテを呼び、 10二人のならず者に、『ナボテは神と王とをのろった』と証言させるのです。そのうえで、ナボテを外に引き出して石打ちにしなさい。」

11そこで、町の長老たちは王妃の指図どおりに動きました。 12町の住民を呼び出し、ナボテを裁判にかけたのです。 13そこへ、良心のかけらもない二人のならず者が来て、ナボテが神と王とをのろったと証言しました。こうして、ナボテは町の外に引き出され、石を投げつけられて殺されてしまったのです。 14ナボテが死んだことは、すぐ王妃に報告されました。

15イゼベルは知らせを聞くと、王に言いました。「ナボテが売るのをしぶっていたぶどう畑のことを、覚えていらっしゃいますね。さあ今、それを手に入れることができますよ。ナボテが死んだのです!」 16王は、ぶどう畑を自分のものにするために出かけました。

17その時、主はエリヤに言われました。 18「アハブ王に会いにサマリヤへ行きなさい。今、王はナボテのぶどう畑を自分のものにしようと、近くまで来ている。 19彼にわたしのことばを伝えなさい。『ナボテを殺しただけではまだ足りず、彼の畑まで奪い取ろうというのか。そんな大それたことをしたので、ナボテのときと同じように、町の外で犬があなたの血をなめるようになる。』」

20アハブに会いに来たエリヤを見て、王は、「また悪い敵に見つかってしまった」と言いました。エリヤは答えました。「王が悪魔に身を売り渡したので、主ののろいを下すために出て来たのだ。 21主は王に大きな災いを下し、一族を一掃しようとしておられる。王の子孫である男子は、一人も生き残れない。 22ヤロブアム王家やバシャ王家のように滅ぼされるからだ。王が主の激しい怒りを買い、イスラエルに罪を犯させた報いだ。 23主はまた、イゼベル王妃についても、『イズレエルの犬がイゼベルの死体を引き裂く』と言われた。 24王の家の者たちのうち、町の中で死ぬ者は犬に食われ、野で死ぬ者ははげたかの餌食になる。」

25アハブのように悪魔の言いなりになった者は、ほかに一人もいませんでした。妻のイゼベルが王をそそのかして、あらゆる悪事に走らせたからです。 26王が犯した最大の罪は、主がこの地から追い出したエモリ人にならって、多くの偶像を礼拝したことです。

27王はエリヤのことばを聞くと、上着を引き裂き、ぼろをまとい、断食をし、荒布の上に伏して、打ちひしがれていました。 28その時、エリヤはまた主から別のことばを聞きました。 29「アハブがわたしの前にへりくだっているのを見たか。あんなにまでしているので、王が生きている間、私の誓ったことは実行しないことにする。息子の代にそれらのことが起こって、彼の子孫はみな滅びる。」