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THE CHILDREN'S BIBLE
I will follow you." Elijah said to him, "Go back, for what have I done to you?" So Elisha turned back and took one pair of oxen and offered them as a sacrifice and, using the wooden ploughs and yokes as fuel, boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people to eat. Then he arose and followed Elijah and served him.
AHAB THE THIEF
Now Naboth, the Jezreelite, had a vineyard in Jezreel next to the palace of Ahab, who ruled at Samaria. So Ahab said to Naboth, "Give me your vineyard, that I may have it as a vegetable-garden, for it is near my palace; and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it is more pleasing to you, I will pay you its value in money." But Naboth answered Ahab, "May Jehovah save me from the crime of giving you what has come down to me from my fathers!"
So Ahab went into his house sullen and in bad humor because of what Naboth had said to him. And he lay down on his bed and covered his face and would eat no food.
But Jezebel his wdfe came to him and said, "Why are you in such bad humor that you will not eat?" He replied, "Because I made this offer to Naboth, ' Give me your vineyard for its value in money, or else, if it is more pleasing to you, I will give you another vine­yard for it.' But he answered, T will not give you my vineyard.' ' Then Jezebel his wife said to him, "Are you not the one who now rules in Israel ? Rise, eat, and set your mind at rest. I will give you the vineyard of Naboth."
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal and sent the letters to the leaders and officials who lived in Naboth's city. In the letters she wrote, "Proclaim a fast and put Naboth in front of the people. Then set up two base men be­fore him and let them bring this charge against him: 'You cursed God and the ruler of Israel.' Then carry him out and stone him to death."
The leaders and officials of Naboth's city did as Jezebel com­manded in her letters to them. They proclaimed a fast and put Naboth in front of the people. Then the two base men came in and sat before him, and the scoundrels in the presence of the people said, "Naboth cursed God and the ruler of Israel." Then they car-
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