1 Kings 21:5
New International Version
His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, "Why are you so sullen? Why won't you eat?"

New Living Translation
"What's the matter?" his wife Jezebel asked him. "What's made you so upset that you're not eating?"

English Standard Version
But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, “Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?”

Berean Study Bible
Soon his wife Jezebel came in and asked, “Why are you so sullen that you refuse to eat?”

New American Standard Bible
But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, "How is it that your spirit is so sullen that you are not eating food?"

King James Bible
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

Christian Standard Bible
Then his wife Jezebel came to him and said to him, "Why are you so upset that you refuse to eat?"

Contemporary English Version
Jezebel his wife came in and asked, "What's wrong? Why won't you eat?"

Good News Translation
His wife Jezebel went to him and asked, "Why are you so depressed? Why won't you eat?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then his wife Jezebel came to him and said to him, "Why are you so upset that you refuse to eat?""

International Standard Version
But his wife Jezebel went to him and asked him, "How is it that you're so sullen and refusing to eat?"

NET Bible
Then his wife Jezebel came in and said to him, "Why do you have a bitter attitude and refuse to eat?"

New Heart English Bible
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, "Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His wife Jezebel came to him and asked, "Why are you so resentful of everything? Why don't you eat?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him: 'Why is thy spirit so sullen, that thou eatest no bread?'

New American Standard 1977
But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, “How is it that your spirit is so sullen that you are not eating food?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jezebel, his wife, came to him and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad that thou dost eat no bread?

King James 2000 Bible
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?

American King James Version
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?

American Standard Version
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and let not the young men the heads of the districts go forth of the city. And the force that was behind them

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jezabel his wife went in to him, and said to him: What is the matter that thy soul is so grieved? and why eatest thou no bread ?

Darby Bible Translation
And Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is thy spirit sullen, and thou eatest no bread?

English Revised Version
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

World English Bible
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, "Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Jezebel his wife cometh in unto him, and speaketh unto him, 'What is this? -- thy spirit sulky, and thou art not eating bread!'
Study Bible
Naboth's Vineyard
4So Ahab went to his palace, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had told him, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” He lay down on his bed, turned his face away, and refused to eat. 5Soon his wife Jezebel came in and asked, “Why are you so sullen that you refuse to eat?” 6Ahab answered, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and told him, ‘Give me your vineyard for silver, or if you wish, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ And he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard!’”…
Cross References
1 Kings 21:4
So Ahab went to his palace, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had told him, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He lay down on his bed, turned his face away, and refused to eat.

1 Kings 21:6
Ahab answered, "Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and told him, 'Give me your vineyard for silver, or if you wish, I will give you another vineyard in its place.' And he said, 'I will not give you my vineyard!'"

Treasury of Scripture

But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread?

Jezebel

1 Kings 21:25
But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

1 Kings 16:31
And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

1 Kings 18:4
For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

Why is thy spirit

2 Samuel 13:4
And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.

Nehemiah 2:2
Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

Esther 4:5
Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.







Lexicon
Soon his wife
אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ (’iš·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

Jezebel
אִיזֶ֣בֶל (’î·ze·ḇel)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 348: Jezebel -- queen of Israel with King Ahab

came in
וַתָּבֹ֥א (wat·tā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and asked,
וַתְּדַבֵּ֣ר (wat·tə·ḏab·bêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

“Why
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

are you
רוּחֲךָ֣ (rū·ḥă·ḵā)
Noun - common singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

so
זֶּה֙ (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

sullen
סָרָ֔ה (sā·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5620: Stubborn, resentful, sullen, implacable

that you refuse
וְאֵינְךָ֖ (wə·’ê·nə·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

to eat?”
אֹכֵ֥ל (’ō·ḵêl)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat
Verse 5. - But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad [same word as in ver. 4], that thou eatest no bread? [It would seem that the queen missed him from the banqueting hall - he can hardly, therefore, have lain down on one of the divans or couches therein - and went to his bedroom to inquire the reason.] 21:5-16 When, instead of a help meet, a man has an agent for Satan, in the form of an artful, unprincipled, yet beloved wife, fatal effects may be expected. Never were more wicked orders given by any prince, than those Jezebel sent to the rulers of Jezreel. Naboth must be murdered under colour of religion. There is no wickedness so vile, so horrid, but religion has sometimes been made a cover for it. Also, it must be done under colour of justice, and with the formalities of legal process. Let us, from this sad story, be amazed at the wickedness of the wicked, and the power of Satan in the children of disobedience. Let us commit the keeping of our lives and comforts to God, for innocence will not always be our security; and let us rejoice in the knowledge that all will be set to rights in the great day.
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