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1 Kings 21:2
And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, give me thy vineyard,
that I may have it for a garden of herbs…
For a kitchen garden to produce eatables of the vegetable kind for his household, or for a flower garden; and perhaps for both, as Kimchi observes, it being customary to have such in court yards, or behind the house; perhaps he might take his notion of an herb garden from his neighbours the Syrians, who were very diligent and laborious in cultivating their gardens, as Pliny F26; hence
``multa Syrorum olera'',the many herbs of the Syrians, became a proverb with the Greeks:
because it is near unto mine house;
lay very convenient for him:
and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it
seemeth good unto thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money;
which seems very well spoken, that he would either give him a better in exchange, or purchase it at its full value; he did not pretend to take it by usurpation, by force, against his will, as it was represented by Samuel kings would do, (1 Samuel 8:14) as yet such oppression and tyranny was not exercised.
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