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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 21:5-16

Nothing but mischief is to be expected when Jezebel enters into the story?that cursed woman, 2 Kgs. 9:34. I. Under pretence of comforting her afflicted husband, she feeds his pride and passion, and blows the coals of his corruptions. It became her to take notice of his grief and to enquire into the cause of it, 1 Kgs. 21:5. Those have forgotten both the duty and affection of the conjugal relation that interest not themselves in each other's troubles. He told her what troubled him (1 Kgs.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 21:7

And Jezebel his wife said unto him, dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel ?.... Art thou not king of Israel? canst thou not do as thou pleasest? hast thou not power to oblige a subject to obey thy commands, and especially in such a trifling matter as parting with a vineyard, and that upon the most reasonable terms? thou hast too much demeaned thyself as a king; thou oughtest to have exerted thy kingly power and authority, and demanded it from him; the Targum is, "thou now shalt... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 21:7

Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel ? - Naboth, not Ahab, is king. If he have authority to refuse, and thou have no power to take, he is the greater man of the two. This is the vital language of despotism and tyranny. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 21:1-15

The Martyrdom of Naboth. History tells of few crimes of its kind more flagitious, more cruel and cold-blooded than this. Here we see that spectacle which one of the ancients said was dear to the gods—a just man suffering shameful wrongs with dignity and patience: we see a man because of his fidelity to God and His law judicially done to death by the representative of God, by the authority appointed to execute the Law. And just as the crime has few parallels, so has the history few equals... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 21:1-24

The Progress of Sin. This chapter describes one of the blackest crimes which ever blotted the page of history. The description is so graphic that we seem eyewitnesses of the tragedy, and so suggestive that we can understand the motives and feelings of the principal actors. Naboth has been blamed sometimes for refusing what appeared a reasonable request that he would sell a piece of land to his rightful king at a fair price. It is evident, however, that he was not only acting within his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 21:5-14

A Sinful Nation. Time was when the Hebrew nation was great and respected, "a praise in the earth" for kings wise and honourable, for magistrates upright and noble, and for a people faithful and true. But how completely is all this changed! A more pitiable picture of national depravity could scarcely be drawn than that presented in the text. Here we have— I. AN INIQUITOUS PALACE . 1 . The king is utterly unprincipled . 2 . His queen is a " cursed woman ." II. AN... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 21:5-14

Sin's friendships, and what they lead to. I. THE SINFUL FIND MANY HELPERS . Ahab seems to have done all that he was able or cared to do. He had tempted Naboth and failed, and the matter seemed to have come to an end. But where Ahab stops, Satan's servants meet him and carry on the work. Jezebel prevails on him to tell the story, and the elders of Jezreel and its sons of Belial are ready to do their part also, to give him his desire and steep his soul in crime. The man who is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 21:7

And Jezebel his wife said unto him. Dost thou now govern [Heb. make ; LXX: ποιεῖς [ βασιλέα ] the kingdom of Israel? [There is no question expressed in the Hebrew which stands, "Thou now makest the kingdom over Israel." The commentators generally, however, understand the words—as the LXX . and the A.V.—as an ironical question, "Art thou ruler in aught but name?" though some take it as an imperative: "Do thou now exert authority over the kingdom of Israel," And on the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 21:7

The meaning is, “Art thou king, and yet sufferest thyself to be thwarted in this way by a mere subject? I, the queen, the weak woman, will give thee the vineyard, if thou, the king, the strong man, wilt do nothing.” read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 21:7

1 Kings 21:7. Jezebel said, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? Art thou fit to be a king who canst put up with such affronts from thy subjects, and hast not courage to dispose of them and theirs as seemeth good unto thee? I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth Trouble thyself no further about it, but leave the matter to me; I will manage it to thy satisfaction, and the vineyard shall be thine, and shall cost thee nothing. Unhappy are those princes, and hurried apace toward their... read more

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