Then his wife Jezebel said to him, “Now, exercise your royal power over Israel. Get up, eat some food, and be happy. For I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”(A) So she wrote letters(B) in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.(C) She sent the letters to the elders(D) and nobles who lived with Naboth in his city. In the letters, she wrote:

Proclaim a fast(E) and seat Naboth at the head of the people. 10 Then seat two wicked men(F) opposite him and have them testify against him, saying, “You have cursed God and the king!” (G) Then take him out and stone him to death.(H)

11 The men of his city, the elders and nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them, just as it was written in the letters she had sent them. 12 They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth at the head of the people. 13 The two wicked men came in and sat opposite him. Then the wicked men testified against Naboth in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed God and the king!” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death with stones.

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13 transgression and deception against the Lord,
turning away from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering lying words from the heart.
14 Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far off.
For truth has stumbled in the public square,
and honesty cannot enter.

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