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And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

21:3 inheritance of my fathers. The Lord had forbidden the permanent sale of inherited property to anyone outside the family (Leviticus 25:23-28). Ahab, however, had made what he considered a generous offer to buy Naboth’s vineyard. He was already depressed because of the prophet’s rebuke and so became even more depressed at Naboth’s curt refusal. He knew enough of the laws of God to realize that Naboth was in the right but his pagan queen, Jezebel, had no such scruples.

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