|2 Kings 10 |
1 Now Ahab had seventy grandsons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of the city, to the elders, and to those who were raising Ahab's grandsons, saying,
2 "As soon as this letter comes to you, since your master [Joram's] sons are with you and also chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons,
3 Choose the best and most fit 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, "Two kings could not stand up to Jehu; how then can we stand?"
5 And the one who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders, and those who were raising the sons, sent to Jehu, saying, "We are your servants and will do all that you bid us; but we will not make anyone king; do what is good in your eyes."
6 Then he wrote a second letter to them, saying, "If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master's sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow" Now the king's sons, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were raising them.
7 And when the letter came to them, they took the king's sons and killed them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu at Jezreel.
8 When a messenger came and told him, "They have brought the heads of the king's sons," he said, "Put them in two heaps at the entrance of the city gate until morning."
9 So the next morning Jehu went out and stood before all the people and said, "You are righteous and innocent. Indeed, I conspired against my master and killed him. But who killed all these?
10 Know now that nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab shall fail, for the LORD has done what he spoke through his servant Elijah."
11 So Jehu killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men, his friends, and his priests, until none remained.
12 Then he arose and departed and went to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house on the way,
13 Jehu met with the relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, "Who are you?" And they answered, "We are the relatives of Ahaziah, and we came down to salute the sons of the king and of the queen mother[Jezebel]."
14 And he said, "Take them alive." So they took them alive and killed them at the pit of the shearing house, forty two men; he left none of them.
15 Now when he left there, he came upon Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. And he saluted him and said to him, "Is your heart right with me, as my heart is with yours?" And Jehonadab answered, "It is." And Jehu said, "If so, give me your hand." So he gave him his hand, and Jehu took him up with him into the chariot.
16 And Jehu said, "Come with me and see my zeal for the LORD." So they had him ride in Jehu's chariot.
17 And when he came to Samaria, he killed all who remained of Ahab's family in Samaria, until he had destroyed them all, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spoke to Elijah.
18 Then Jehu gathered all the people together and said to them, "Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu will serve him much.
19 Now therefore, call all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers, and all his priests to me. Let none be missing, for I have a great sacrifice to make to Baal; whoever is missing shall not live." But Jehu did it in subtlety, intending to destroy the worshippers of Baal.
20 Then Jehu said, "Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal." So they proclaimed it.
21 And Jehu sent through all Israel, and all the worshippers of Baal came; so that there was not a man who did not come. Then they came into the temple of Baal, and the temple was full from one end to the other.
22 And he said to the man who was over the wardrobe, "Bring out robes for all the worshipers of Baal." So he brought out robes for them.
23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the house of Baal and said to the worshippers of Baal, "Search and see that there are none of the servants of the LORD here with you, but only the worshippers of Baal."
24 Now when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed eighty men outside and said, "If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he who lets him go shall forfeit his own life for the life of him."
25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, "Go in and slay them; let none come out." And they killed them with the edge of the sword; and the guards and the captains threw them out, and went to the inner shrine of the temple of Baal.
26 And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them.
27 They broke down the sacred pillars of Baal and tore down the temple of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day.
28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29 However, Jehu did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, that is, the worship of the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.
30 But the LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in executing that which is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab as I willed, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation."
31 However, Jehu did not take care to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart. For he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin.
32 So in those days the LORD began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael defeated them in all the territory of Israel,
33 From the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, Reubenites, Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, including Gilead and Bashan.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
35 So Jehu slept with his forefathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place.
36 Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria for twenty eight years.
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