Ahab now turns his attention to a field adjacent to his property. Evidently this field was more than simply a vineyard for a vegetable garden, but that it had a production capability that also produced perfume to be sold (Miller, p. 293). The king seeks this land, but is refused. Turned away, his wife plots a way to get the land from Naboth, who refused to sell (21:1-10). With the plot implemented, Naboth is falsely accused, condemned and executed in order for the king to get the desired land.(21:11-16). The prophet Elijah confronts the king and exposes the plot, as only the Lord and the implementers could have known it. So overwhelmed with guilt, the king humbles himself before the Lord (21:17-29).
Application: The king sold himself to do evil. This gets to a point that plagues more people today than is realized. At what price will one commit an evil? Many will answer this easily enough and say there is no amount of money that can cause one to do evil. Another (others) will allow the economic circumstances of their situation dictate their price. This applies to insurance claims, tax refunds and payments, over-charging and under-paying in particular situations, etc. the gravity of one’s situation may be different, the price paid may be different, but the ultimate quality of the action is the same.