1Ki 21:2
21:2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, {a} Give me thy
     vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because
     it [is] near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a
     better vineyard than it; [or], if it seem good to thee, I
     will give thee the worth of it in money.

     (a) Though Ahab's tyranny is condemned by the Holy Spirit,
         yet he was not so rigorous that he would take from
         another man his right without full recompense.

1Ki 21:4
21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because
     of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him:
     for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my
     fathers. And he laid him down {b} upon his bed, and turned
     away his face, and would eat no bread.

     (b) Thus the wicked do not consider what is just and
         lawful, but fret inwardly when they cannot have their
         inordinate lusts satisfied.

1Ki 21:7
21:7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, {c} Dost thou now
     govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, [and] eat bread, and
     let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of
     Naboth the Jezreelite.

     (c) As though she said, "You do not know what it means to
         reign. Command and do not beg".

1Ki 21:9
21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a {d} fast,
     and set Naboth on high among the people:

     (d) For then they used to enquire of men's faults: for no
         one could truly fast if he was a notorious sinner.

1Ki 21:11
21:11 And the {e} men of his city, [even] the elders and the
      nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as
      Jezebel had sent unto them, [and] as it [was] written in
      the letters which she had sent unto them.

      (e) Thus the worldlings contrary to God's commandment, who
          does not consent to the shedding of innocent blood,
          would rather obey the wicked commandments of princes
          than the just laws.

1Ki 21:15
21:15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was
      stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, {f}
      Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the
      Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for
      Naboth is not alive, but dead.

      (f) This example of monstrous cruelty the Holy Spirit
          leaves to us, to the intent that we should abhor all
          tyranny, and especially in those whom nature and kind
          should move to be pitiful and inclined to mercy.

1Ki 21:19
21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the
      LORD, {g} Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And
      thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD,
      {h} In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth
      shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

      (g) Do you think to have an advantage by murdering an
      (h) This was fulfilled in Joram his son 2Ki 9:25,26.

1Ki 21:25
21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did {i} sell
      himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom
      Jezebel his wife stirred up.

      (i) By the wicked counsel of his wife he became a vile
          idolater, and cruel murderer, as one that gave himself
          wholly to serve sin.

1Ki 21:27
21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he
      rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and
      fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went {k} softly.

      (k) In token of mourning, or as some read, barefooted.

1Ki 21:29
21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he
      humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in
      his days: [but] in his {l} son's days will I bring the
      evil upon his house.

      (l) Meaning, in Joram's time, 2Ki 9:26.