And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
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George Leo Haydock
Fast, as in a case of the greatest importance, where the welfare of the king and of the state are concerned. We have frequent mention of such extraordinary fasts, 2 Paralipomenon xx. 3., 1 Esdras viii. 21., and Joel i. 14 Some would translated, "Call an assembly. "(Vatable)
But the Chaldean, are for the fast. Josephus joins both. All the people were collected, (Calmet) and Naboth was (Hebrew) "set on high, or at the head, as president, on account of his riches and nobility, (Haydock) that he might be unprepared, and afterwards be more disgraced. (Menochius) Abulensis (q. 4.) thinks that the judges were accustomed to fast, to show their pity for the criminal, and that they were moved only by a zeal for justice.