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NABOTH. A man of Jezreel, owner of a vineyard adjoining the palace of Ahab ( 1 Kings 21:1 ). The king, desiring to add the vineyard to his lands, offered to buy it or exchange it for another. Naboth, however, refused to give up ‘the inheritance of his fathers.’ Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, by using the royal authority with the elders of the city, had Naboth accused of treason and blasphemy, and stoned to death. As Ahab went to take possession of the vineyard, he was met by Elijah, the prophet, who pronounced doom on him and his house. The murder of Naboth seems to have deeply impressed the popular mind, and the deaths of Joram and Jezebel near the spot were regarded as Divine retribution on the act ( 2 Kings 9:25 ; 2 Kings 9:36 ).

W. F. Boyd.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Naboth'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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