2 Kings 10

Judgment upon Ahab’s House

1Now Ahab had seventy sons in a  Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, the elders, and to the guardians of the children of Ahab, saying, 2Now, b  when this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you,
Lit and with you the
as well as the chariots and horses and a fortified city and the weapons,
3select the best and
Lit most upright
fittest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.”
4But they feared greatly and said, “Behold e  the two kings did not stand before him; how then can we stand?” 5And the one who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders, and the guardians of the children, sent word to Jehu, saying f  We are your servants, all that you say to us we will do, we will not make any man king; do what is good in your sight.” 6Then he wrote a letter to them a second time saying, “If you are on my side, and you will listen to my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow about this time.” Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were rearing them. 7When the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and g  slaughtered them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him at Jezreel. 8When the messenger came and told him, saying, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons,” he said, “Put them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until morning.” 9Now in the morning he went out and stood and said to all the people, “You are
Lit just
innocent; behold i  I conspired against my master and killed him, but j  who
Lit smote
killed all these?
10Know then that l  there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the  Lord, which the  Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab, for the  Lord has done m  what He spoke
Lit by the hand of
through His servant Elijah.”
11So Jehu
Lit smote
killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in p  Jezreel, and all his great men and his acquaintances and his priests, until he left him without a survivor.

12Then he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way while he was at
I.e. house of binding
Beth-eked of the shepherds,
13 r  Jehu
Lit found
met the
Lit brothers
relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah and said, “Who are you?” And they
Lit said
answered, “We are the
Lit brothers
relatives of Ahaziah; and we have come down
Lit about the welfare of
to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.”
14He said, “Take them alive.” So they took them alive and killed them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two men; and he left none of them.

15Now when he had departed from there, he
Lit found
met y  Jehonadab the son of z  Rechab coming to meet him; and he
Lit blessed
greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?” And Jehonadab
Lit said
answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, ac  give me your hand.” And he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot.
16He said, “Come with me and ad  see my zeal for the  Lord.” So
Lit they
he made him ride in his chariot.
17When he came to Samaria af  he
Lit smote
killed all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, until he had destroyed him, ah  according to the word of the  Lord which He spoke to Elijah.

Jehu Destroys Baal Worshipers

18Then Jehu gathered all the people and said to them, ai  Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. 19Now, aj  summon all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers and all his priests; let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal; whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu did it in
Lit insidiousness
cunning, so that he might destroy the worshipers of Baal.
20And Jehu said al  Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal.” And am  they proclaimed it. 21Then Jehu sent
Lit in all
throughout Israel and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And when they went into ao  the house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other.
22He said to the one who was
Lit over the
in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out garments for them.
23Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the  Lord, but only the worshipers of Baal.” 24Then they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings.

Now Jehu had stationed for himself eighty men outside, and he had said aq  The one who permits any of the men whom I bring into your hands to escape
Lit his soul for his soul
shall give up his life in exchange.”

25Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the
Lit runners
at  guard and to the royal officers au  Go in,
Lit smite
kill them; let none come out.” And they
Lit smote
killed them with the edge of the sword; and the
Lit runners
guard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the
Lit city
inner room of the house of Baal.
26They brought out the sacred az  pillars of the house of Baal and burned them. 27They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and ba  made it a latrine to this day.

28Thus Jehu eradicated Baal out of Israel. 29However bb  as for the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin, from these Jehu did not depart, even the bc  golden calves that were at Bethel and that were at Dan. 30The  Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, bd  your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” 31But Jehu
Lit did not watch
bf  was not careful to walk in the law of the  Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; bg  he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.

32In those days the bh   Lord began to cut off portions
Lit in
from Israel; and bj  Hazael
Lit smote
defeated them throughout the territory of Israel:
33from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from bl  Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, even bm  Gilead and Bashan.

Jehoahaz Succeeds Jehu

34Now the 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? 35And Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son became king in his place. 36Now the
Lit days
time which Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.
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