Kings 21:1-10, 15-21a
Later the following events took place: Naboth the
Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace
of King Ahab of Samaria.
And Ahab said to Naboth, "Give me your vineyard, so
that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is
near my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it;
or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value
But Naboth said to Ahab, "The LORD forbid that I
should give you my ancestral inheritance."
Ahab went home resentful and sullen because of what
Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him; for he had said,
"I will not give you my ancestral
inheritance." He lay down on his bed, turned away
his face, and would not eat.
His wife Jezebel came to him and said, "Why are you
so depressed that you will not eat?"
He said to her, "Because I spoke to Naboth the
Jezreelite and said to him, 'Give me your vineyard for
money; or else, if you prefer, I will give you another
vineyard for it'; but he answered, 'I will not give you
His wife Jezebel said to him, "Do you now govern
Israel? Get up, eat some food, and be cheerful; I will
give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with
his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the
nobles who lived with Naboth in his city.
She wrote in the letters, "Proclaim a fast, and
seat Naboth at the head of the assembly;
seat two scoundrels opposite him, and have them bring a
charge against him, saying, 'You have cursed God and the
king.' Then take him out, and stone him to death."
As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and
was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, "Go, take
possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is
not alive, but dead."
As soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab set out
to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to
take possession of it.
Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite,
Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in
Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he
has gone to take possession.
You shall say to him, "Thus says the LORD: Have you
killed, and also taken possession?" You shall say
to him, "Thus says the LORD: In the place where
dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick
up your blood."
Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my
enemy?" He answered, "I have found you.
Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the
sight of the LORD,
I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and
will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in
Give ear to my words, O LORD; give heed to my sighing.
Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for
to you I pray.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning
I plead my case to you, and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil
will not sojourn with you.
The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate
You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the
bloodthirsty and deceitful.
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy
temple in awe of you.
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my
enemies; make your way straight before me.
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;
yet we know that a person is justified not by the works
of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we
have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might
be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the
works of the law, because no one will be justified by
the works of the law.
But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we
ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then
a servant of sin? Certainly not!
But if I build up again the very things that I once tore
down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might
live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;
and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who
lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
himself for me.
I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification
comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he
went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the
And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having
learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's house,
brought an alabaster jar of ointment.
She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to
bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her
hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing
them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he
said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he
would have known who and what kind of woman this is who
is touching him--that she is a sinner."
Jesus spoke up and said to him, "Simon, I have
something to say to you." "Teacher," he
"A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five
hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both
of them. Now which of them will love him more?"
Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he
canceled the greater debt." And Jesus said to him,
"You have judged rightly."
Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon,
"Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you
gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet
with her tears and dried them with her hair.
You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has
not stopped kissing my feet.
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has
anointed my feet with ointment.
Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have
been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the
one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."
Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
But those who were at the table with him began to say
among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives
And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved
you; go in peace."
Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages,
proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of
God. The twelve were with him,
as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits
and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven
demons had gone out,
and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and
Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of