The Dog
city,"-and a little farther on you will see, "Let them wander up and down for meat, and
grudge if they be not satisfied." These verses show that the dogs wandered about in
become very fierce and cruel, so that you would be afraid to meet one of them.
There is a sad story in some of the chapters of the two books of Kings, in which you
Jezebel, and she tried to make her husband, king Ahab, do all the evil she could. Once
Ahab wanted a piece of ground that was near his palace, so that he might have it
made into a garden, and he asked the owner of it, whose name was Naboth, to sell it
to him. But Naboth was not willing, because he used it for his vineyard, and because
his father had given it to him before he died. Then Ahab was very angry about it, and
acted just as I have seen some foolish children do when they were not pleased. He
went into his great splendid house, and laid himself down on the bed; then he turned
his face towards the wall, and when it was dinner time he would not get up or eat any
thing. So his wife Jezebel asked him what was the matter; and when she found out,
she told him that he need not be troubled, for she could get that vineyard for him.
Then she contrived to have Naboth killed by stoning, and when he was dead king Ahab
took the vineyard.
Now you may be sure God was displeased with such wickedness as this, and you will
think it was very right that he should punish the cruel Jezebel. Do you think her
husband Ahab ought to be punished too? I do; because he knew that his wife was
going to kill Naboth, and yet he did not try to keep her from doing it. I think he was as
wicked as she. After Ahab had taken the vineyard, God sent to him the prophet Elijah
to say to him these words, "Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the
blood of Naboth, shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine." And of Jezebel he said, "The
dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel." Now see how the word of God was
fulfilled, just as he had said. Pretty soon after this, king Ahab went out to fight with
his enemies, and as he was riding along in his carriage a man drew his great, strong
bow, and shot an arrow which pierced the king and almost killed him. He lived a few
hours, until nearly night, and then he died. The blood had run down from his wound
into the carriage, and after the king was dead they took it to the pool of Samaria to
wash it: there the dogs came and licked up the blood of Ahab.
The wicked Jezebel lived some years after this, and one of her sons became king; but
God raised up another king, named Jehu, who slew this son, and then went to Jezreel,
the city where Jezebel lived. She heard he was coming, and feared that he meant to
put her to death; but she determined that, instead of begging him to spare her life,
she would act as though she was still a queen, and then perhaps he would not dare to
injure her. So she put ornaments on her head, and painted her face, and then sat
down by an upper window in all the splendor of a queen. When Jehu came near, she
called out to him in great anger and scorn, to reproach him for having put her son to
death. When Jehu heard her voice and saw her sitting at the window, he cried out,
"Who is on my side?" and two or three of the queen's officers looked out at the
windows. Then he said to them, "Throw her down." They were very glad to get rid of
the proud and cruel queen, and so they threw her down, as he had said. It was so far
to the ground that she was killed immediately, and her blood was sprinkled upon the
walls. But Jehu did not care for this; he went into the house to eat and drink. After he
had taken his dinner, he thought of Jezebel, and told some of his servants that they
must go and bury her: but in the mean time a terrible thing had happened. The dogs
had seized and devoured the body, and nothing was left of it but the feet, and the
palms of the hands, and part of the bones of the head. So God's word came to pass,
"The dogs shall eat Jezebel."