1 Kings 21:3
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New International Version
But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors."

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

Darby Bible Translation
And Naboth said to Ahab, Jehovah forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to thee!

World English Bible
Naboth said to Ahab, "May Yahweh forbid me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!"

Young's Literal Translation
And Naboth saith unto Ahab, 'Far be it from me, by Jehovah, my giving the inheritance of my fathers to thee;'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Give me thy vineyard - The request of Ahab seems at first view fair and honorable. Naboth's vineyard was nigh to the palace of Ahab, and he wished to add it to his own for a kitchen garden, or perhaps a grass-plat, גן ירק gan yarak; and he offers to give him either a better vineyard for it, or to give him its worth in money. Naboth rejects the proposal with horror: The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to thee. No man could finally alienate any part of the parental inheritance; it might be sold or mortgaged till the jubilee, but at that time it must revert to its original owner, if not redeemed before; for this God had particularly enjoined Leviticus 25:14-17, Leviticus 25:25-28 : therefore Naboth properly said, 1 Kings 21:3, The Lord forbid it me, to give the inheritance of my fathers. Ahab most evidently wished him to alienate it finally, and this is what God's law had expressly forbidden; therefore he could not, consistently with his duty to God, indulge Ahab; and it was high iniquity in Ahab to tempt him to do it; and to covet it showed the depravity of Ahab's soul. But we see farther that, despotic as those kings were, they dared not seize on the inheritance of any man. This would have been a flagrant breach of the law and constitution of the country; and this indeed would have been inconsistent with the character which they sustained, viz., the Lord's vicegerents. The Jewish kings had no authority either to alter the old laws, or to make new ones. "The Hindoos," says Mr. Ward, "are as strongly attached to their homesteads as the Jews were. Though the heads of the family be employed in a distant part of the country, and though the homesteads may be almost in ruins, they cling still to the family inheritance with a fondness bordering on superstition.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The Lord

Genesis 44:7,17 And they said to him, Why said my lord these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing...

Joshua 22:29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings...

Joshua 24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you...

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD's anointed...

1 Samuel 26:9-11 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltless...

1 Chronicles 11:19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy?...

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove my integrity from me.

Romans 3:4,6,31 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings...

Romans 6:2,15 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein...

Romans 7:7,13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

1 Corinthians 6:15 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ...

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me...

I should give

Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for you are strangers and sojourners with me.

Numbers 36:7 So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe...

Ezekiel 46:18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession...

Ahab and Elijah
'And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy!'--1 KINGS xxi. 20. The keynote of Elijah's character is force-the force of righteousness. The New Testament, you remember, speaks of the 'power of Elias.' The outward appearance of the man corresponds to his function and his character. Gaunt and sinewy, dwelling in the desert, feeding on locusts and wild honey, with a girdle of camel's skin about his loins, he bursts into the history, amongst all that corrupt state of society, with the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Fall of the House of Ahab
[This chapter is based on 1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 1.] The evil influence that Jezebel had exercised from the first over Ahab continued during the later years of his life and bore fruit in deeds of shame and violence such as have seldom been equaled in sacred history. "There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up." Naturally of a covetous disposition, Ahab, strengthened and sustained in wrongdoing by Jezebel, had followed
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Leviticus 25:23
"'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.

Numbers 36:7
No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors.

Ezekiel 46:18
The prince must not take any of the inheritance of the people, driving them off their property. He is to give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that not one of my people will be separated from their property.'"

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