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What was the story of Ahab and Jezebel?

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The story of Ahab and Jezebel is the Biblical story of Ahab, a wicked king of the Israelites, and his Sidonian wife, Jezebel, and how the couple's disobedience to God ultimately results in violent death. The two rule the northern tribes of Israel in an ungodly way that includes worshipping Baal and raising children who do not serve God.

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The Bible book of First Kings describes Ahab as "evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him." Ahab marries Jezebel for political expediency because he thinks that the marriage creates helpful political ties with the Sidonians. Jezebel worships Baal, and Ahab and Jezebel soon build Baal a house in Samaria.

Jezebel brings prophets of Baal to Israel to encourage the Israelites to worship Baal, too. Jezebel goes further in her religious practice, and she attempts to kill Israeli prophets. The prophet Elijah resists Jezebel's attacks and calls down fire upon Mount Carmel. The fire kills Baal's prophets.

In the meantime, Ahab wants a man's vineyard. The man refuses to sell it to Ahab. Jezebel plots to falsely accuse the man and stone him to death. Elijah tells Ahab and Jezebel to expect God's judgment for their sin.

Another prophet warns Ahab not to go into battle for Ramoth-Gilead. Ahab does not listen, and an attacker kills Ahab in battle. Jezebel lives for several more years, but Jehu, the captain of Israel's army, ultimately murders her. Ahab and Jezebel's children go on to live wicked lives.

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