Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 21:16

When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Confiscation;   Covetousness;   Dishonesty;   Government;   Homicide;   Indictments;   Jezebel;   King;   Naboth;   Property;   Usurpation;   Women;   Thompson Chain Reference - Confiscation;   Nation, the;   Punishments;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Injustice;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Naboth;   Vine;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahab;   Jezebel;   Jezreel;   Lie;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Confiscation;   Esdraelon;   Festivals;   King, Kingship;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Jezebel;   Justice;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jezebel ;   Jezreelite, Jezreelitess ;   Naboth ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Naboth;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elijah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Agrarian Laws;   Jehu;   Jezebel;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

To take possession of it - The goods of traitors appear to have been forfeited to the crown by the Jewish law as they still are almost universally throughout the East. Compare 2 Samuel 16:4.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-21.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead,.... Of which he was informed by Jezebel:

that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it; if it was in Jezreel, that was sixteen miles from Samaria, and lay lower than that, in a valley, and therefore he is said to go down to it; and which he did very likely in great state and pomp, many of his nobles and captains accompanying him, as we read that Jehu and Bidkar did ride after him at this time, 2 Kings 9:25.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-21.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Ahab rose up to go down — from Samaria to Jezreel.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-kings-21.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 21:16 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.

Ver. 16. Ahab rose up to go down] But better sit still than rise and fall. Josephus saith that he leaped for joy of the good news, and forthwith went to take possession. And yet Ambrose, Sulpitius, and some Greek copies have it that Ahab, hearing it, rent his clothes and put on sackcloth. This is not so likely.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-21.html. 1865-1868.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Of it, on the title of confiscation, as Naboth had been condemned for high treason; (see 2 Kings ix. 7.; Menochius) or because there was no heir left, ver. 10. Some assert, that Naboth was Achab's uncle. But this wants proof. (Calmet) --- Achab only waited one day, and the Elias met him to denounce to him a similar fate after he was dead, 4 Kings ix. 26. Septuagint have, "he tore this garments, and put on sackcloth; and it came to pass afterwards, that Achab arose," &c. This addition would intimate that the king pretended to be sorry. They repeat the same thing, ver. 27., "he had put on sackcloth, on the day when he slew Naboth, and went along cast down." It is probable that Achab might assume this garb, to make people suppose that he had no hand in the death of Naboth; but this was all hypocrisy, and Elias boldly accused him of guilt. Thou hast slain, &c., ver. 19. (Haydock) --- He knew, at least, of his wife's machinations. (Salien)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-21.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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.

Ahab rose up to go down - from Samaria to Jezreel.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-21.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(16) When Ahab heard.—It is characteristic of Ahab that he takes care to ask no question about Naboth’s death, desirous “to be innocent of the knowledge,” and yet tacitly to “applaud the deed.” The guilt is Jezebel’s; the fruit, his own. In the LXX. there is here a curious and striking insertion: “he rent his clothes and put on sackcloth,” representing Ahab as struck with momentary horror, and then, after thus salving his conscience, still resolving to carry out his desire for the coveted vineyard. The picture is equally true to nature, especially to such a nature as his. But the insertion has little authority, and is probably a mistaken interpolation from 1 Kings 21:27.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-21.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.
Ahab rose up
2 Samuel 1:13-16; 4:9-12; 11:25-27; 23:15-17; Psalms 50:18; Isaiah 33:15; Obadiah 1:12-14; Romans 1:32; 2 Peter 2:15
Reciprocal: Joshua 19:18 - Jezreel;  1 Kings 21:7 - I will give thee;  2 Kings 5:24 - and bestowed;  Isaiah 5:8 - field;  Ezekiel 16:44 - As is

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 21:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-21.html.