2 Kings 10

1Jehu by his letters causeth Ahab's seventy sons to be slain in Samaria. 8He excuseth the fact by the prophecy of Elijah, and destroyeth all Ahab's kindred and friends in Jezreel. 12In his way to Samaria he slayeth two and forty of Ahaziah's brethren. 15He taketh Jehonadab in the chariot with him, and destroyeth all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria. 18By subtilty he slayeth at once all Baal's worshippers, and breaketh down his images and house. 29Jehu followeth the sins of Jeroboam, but for having executed God's judgments on Ahab's house, is promised the continuance of the kingdom in his family to the fourth generation. 32Hazael smiteth Israel. 34Jehu dieth; his son Jehoahaz succeedeth him.

1 And Ahab had 1seventy sons in 2Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto 3the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to athem that brought up Ahab's children, saying,

2 Now 1as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour;

3 Look even out 1the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, 1two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand?

5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, 1We are thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes.

6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be amine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye 1the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up.

7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and 1slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel.

8 ¶ And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, 1Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.

9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be 1righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?

10 Know now 1that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord, which the Lord spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the Lord hath done that which he spake aby his servant Elijah.

11 So Jehu slew 1all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his akinsfolks, and 2his priests, until he left him none remaining.

12 ¶ And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the ashearing house in the way,

13 Jehu met 1with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down ato salute the children of the king and the children of the 2queen.

14 And he said, 1Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even two and forty men; neither left he any of them.

15 ¶ And when he was departed thence, he alighted on 1Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he bsaluted him, and said to him, 2Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.

16 And he said, Come with me, and see 1my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot.

17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew 1all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had 2destroyed him, according to the saying of the Lord, which he spake to Elijah.

18 ¶ And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, 1Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.

19 Now therefore call unto me all 1the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it 2in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.

20 And Jehu said, aProclaim a 1solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.

21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And 1they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was afull from one end to another.

22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth 1vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.

23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the Lord, but the worshippers of Baal only.

24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If 1any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of him.

25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the 1guard and to the captains, Go in, and 2slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with athe edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.

26 And they brought forth the aimages out of the house of Baal, and burned them.

27 And they 1brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

29 ¶ Howbeit from 1the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, 2who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Beth-el, and that were in Dan.

30 And the Lord said unto Jehu, 1Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the 2fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

31 But Jehu atook no 1heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he 2departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

32 ¶ In those days the Lord 1began ato cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel;

33 From Jordan aeastward, all 1the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, 2from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, beven Gilead and Bashan.

34 Now 1the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.

36 And athe time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.