He told her, "I talked to Naboth from Jezreel. I said to him, 'Sell me your vineyard. Or, if you like, I'll give you another vineyard for it.' But he said, 'I won't give you my vineyard.'"
His wife Jezebel said to him, "Aren't you king of Israel? Get up, eat, and cheer up. I'll give you the vineyard belonging to Naboth from Jezreel."
So Jezebel wrote letters, signed them with Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal. She sent them to the respected leaders and nobles living in Naboth's city.
In these letters she wrote: "Announce a fast. Seat Naboth as leader of the people.
Have two good-for-nothing men sit opposite him and accuse him of cursing God and the king. Then stone him to death outside the city."
The men in Naboth's city--the respected leaders and nobles who lived there--did what Jezebel asked them to do. They did just as she had written in the letters she sent.
They announced a fast and had Naboth seated as the leader of the people.
The two good-for-nothing men came in and sat opposite him. In front of the people, these men accused Naboth of cursing God and the king. So the people stoned him to death outside the city.
Then the leaders sent [this message] to Jezebel: "Naboth has been stoned to death."
Jezebel received the message and said to Ahab, "Get up! Confiscate the vineyard which Naboth from Jezreel refused to sell you. He's dead now."
When he heard about Naboth's death, Ahab went to confiscate the vineyard.