King James Version

1 Kings 21:1-29

1And 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. 2And Ahab spake 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.21.2 seem…: Heb. be good in thine eyes 3And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. 4And 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 laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

5¶ But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? 6And he said unto her, Because I spake 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. 7And 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. 8So she wrote letters in Ahab’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 Naboth. 9And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:21.9 on high…: Heb. in the top of the people 10And 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. 11And 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. 12They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 13And 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 did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. 14Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15¶ And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was 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. 16And 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, 18Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. 19And 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. 20And 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. 21Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, 22And 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 to sin. 23And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.21.23 wall: or, ditch 24Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

25¶ But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.21.25 stirred…: or, incited 26And 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. 27And 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 softly. 28And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29Seest 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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Ahemfo 21:1-29

Nabot Bobeturo

1Na ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Nabot a ofi Yesreel wɔ bobeturo bi a ɛbɛn Samariahene Ahab ahemfi. 2Ahab ka kyerɛɛ Nabot se, “Fa wo bobeturo no ma me, na memfa asase no nyɛ atosodeturo, efisɛ ɛbɛn mʼahemfi pɛɛ. Sɛ wopene so de ma me a, mɛma wo bobeturo papa, na sɛ nso wopɛ a, bo biara a asase no di no, metua.”

3Nanso Nabot buae se, “Awurade mma ɛmpare me sɛ mede mʼagyanom agyapade bɛma wo.”

4Enti Ahab san kɔɔ ahemfi hɔ a ne bo afuw ne ho pɔtɔɔ. Ɔkɔdae a wannidi, de nʼanim kyerɛɛ ɔfasu.

5Ne yere Isebel bebisaa no se, “Adɛn nti na woayɛ bosaa saa? Adɛn nti na wompɛ sɛ wudidi?”

6Obuaa no se, “Meka kyerɛɛ Nabot, Yesreelni no se, ɔntɔn ne bobeturo no mma me anaasɛ, mɛma no bi ahyɛ anan, nanso wampene.”

7Ne yere Isebel bisae se, “Wonyɛ Israelhene ana? Sɔre na didi! Mma eyi nhaw wo. Megye Nabot bobeturo no ama wo!”

8Na Isebel kyerɛw nkrataa wɔ Ahab din mu, de ne nsɔwano sɔw ano, de kɔmaa mpanyimfo ne akunini a wɔne Nabot te kuropɔn no mu no. 9Krataa no mu nsɛm ne sɛ:

“Yi da bi to hɔ a wɔde bɛyɛ akɔnkyen, na ma Nabot ntena anuonyambea wɔ nnipa no mu. 10Monhwehwɛ ahuhufo baanu na wɔmmɔ no kwaadu sɛ, wadome Onyankopɔn ne ɔhene. Na afei, momfa no mfi adi, nkosiw no abo nkum no.”

11Enti mpanyimfo ne atitiriw a wɔte Nabot kurow no mu no yɛɛ nea Isebel kaa wɔ nkrataa no mu sɛ wɔnyɛ no. 12Wofii akɔnkyen no ase, de Nabot tenaa anuonyambea wɔ nnipa no mu. 13Na ahuhufo baanu no bɛbɔɔ Nabot kwaadu wɔ nnipa no anim sɛ, wadome Onyankopɔn ne ɔhene. Enti wɔde no kɔɔ kurotia, kosiw no abo kum no. 14Na wɔsoma kɔɔ Isebel nkyɛn, kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wɔasiw Nabot abo, ama wawu.”

15Bere a Isebel tee sɛ wɔasiw Nabot abo, akum no no ara pɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ Ahab se, “Sɔre na kɔfa Nabot, Yesreelni no bobeturo no a ɔde kamee wo sɛ ɔrentɔn mma wo no. Ɔnte ase bio, na wawu.” 16Enti ɛhɔ ara, Ahab sian kɔfaa Nabot bobeturo no.

17Na Awurade asɛm baa Tisbini Elia hɔ sɛ, 18“Kɔ na kohyia Israelhene Ahab a odi Samaria so no. Mprempren ara ɔwɔ Nabot bobeturo no mu a ɔrebɛfa. 19Ka kyerɛ no se, ‘Ɛnnɔɔso sɛ wukum Nabot? Ɛsɛ sɛ wobɔ no korɔn nso? Nea woayɛ yi nti beae a akraman taforoo Nabot mogya no, ɛhɔ ara na akraman bɛtaforo wo mogya, Yiw, wʼankasa wo mogya!’ ”

20Ahab ka kyerɛɛ Elia se, “Woahu me, me tamfo.”

Obuae se, “Yiw maba bio efisɛ woatɔn wo ho ama ɔbɔnefo no wɔ Awurade ani so. 21‘Mede ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ bɛbrɛ wo. Mɛhyew wʼasefo nyinaa, na matwa ɔbarima a otwa to koraa wɔ Israel, sɛ ɔyɛ akoa anaa ɔdehye, afi Ahab ho. 22Mɛma wo fi ayɛ sɛ Nebat babarima Yeroboam ne Ahiya babarima Baasa afi, efisɛ woahyɛ me abufuw ama Israel ayɛ bɔne!’

23“Na Isebel nso, Awurade ka se, Yesreel akraman bɛwe ne nam wɔ kuropɔn no afasu ho.

24“Wɔn a na wɔwɔ Ahab afa a wowuwuu wɔ kurow no mu no nso, akraman bɛwe wɔn nam, na apete nso asosɔw wɔn a wowuwuu wɔ wuram no nam.”

25(Obiara nni hɔ a ɔtɔn ne ho maa bɔne wɔ Awurade ani so, sɛnea Ahab yɛe no, efisɛ ne yere Isebel tuu no fo bɔne. 26Ɔyɛɛ bɔne ara, kosii sɛ ɔkɔɔ ahoni so, te sɛ Amorifo21.26 Din Amorifo no gyina hɔ ma Palestinafo a na wɔte hɔ dedaw ansa na Israelfo reba no (1 Mose 15.15; 2 Mose 23.23; 5 Mose 1.7). a Awurade pam wɔn wɔ Israelfo anim no).

27Ahab tee saa asɛm yi no, osunsuan ne ntade mu, furaa atweaatam, kyenee kɔm. Ofuraa atweaatam no saa de awerɛhow a emu yɛ den kyinkyinii.

28Na Awurade asɛm baa Tisbini Elia hɔ sɛ, 29“Woahu sɛnea Ahab brɛɛ ne ho ase wɔ mʼanim? Esiane sɛ ɔbrɛɛ ne ho ase nti, meremfa saa ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ yi a ɛwɔ hɔ ma no nnɛ yi mmrɛ no. Ɛbɛba ne mmabarima so; mɛsɛe nʼasefo nyinaa.”