1 Kings 21:3

3 But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”

Read 1 Kings 21:3 Using Other Translations

And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
But Naboth said to Ahab, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers."
But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance that was passed down by my ancestors.”

What does 1 Kings 21:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 21:3

And Naboth said to Ahab, the Lord forbid it me that I should
give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
] The inheritances of families were not to be alienated to another family, or tribe, nor even to be sold, unless in extreme poverty, and then to return at the year of jubilee, ( Leviticus 25:23 Leviticus 25:28 ) . Now Naboth was a man in good circumstances, and under no necessity of selling his vineyard; and, if he sold it, he might reasonably conclude, it becoming a part of the royal demesnes, would never revert to his family; and therefore, both out of regard to the law of God, and the good of his family, would not part with it at any rate: this shows that he was a conscientious man, and therefore is thought to be one of those that would not bow his knee to Baal, and against whom Ahab had a grudge, and sought an opportunity against him.

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