"Hast Thou Found Me, O Mine Enemy?"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 152

Context: King Ahab covets Naboth's vineyard, which adjoins the grounds of his new palace in Jezreel. When Naboth refuses to sell or exchange his inheritance, Ahab lies down with his face to the wall and refuses to eat. Queen Jezebel discovers the reason for his discontent, has charges trumped up so that Naboth is stoned to death, and tells Ahab he can now have the vineyard. God sends the prophet Elijah to meet him there and to say:

. . . Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? . . . In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.
Behold I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity. . . .

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