VEGETABLES killed Naboth.
King Ahab wanted to plant a vegetable garden outside his getaway palace in Jezreel, but Naboth owned a vineyard there.
It had been in his family for generations, so he rejected Ahab’s offer to buy it or trade it for a better one.
Ahab pouted and refused to eat.
Queen Jezebel didn’t understand. Her father ruled a kingdom in Lebanon, and he apparently did as he pleased.
So Jezebel ordered the city elders to arrange for “two scoundrels” to accuse Naboth of cursing God and the king and to stone Naboth to death. The moment Ahab got word that Naboth was dead, he confiscated the vineyard.
Abuse of the poor eventually became common in Israel. The prophet Micah cried foul and declared, “You follow only the example of wicked King Ahab!” (Micah 6:16).
[Excerpt from the newly released Who’s Who & Where’s Where in the Bible 2.0.]