2 KINGS 10

2K 10:1Now Ahab had seventy sons in 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,

2K 10:2Now then, when this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fortified city and weapons,

2K 10:3Look for the best and fittest of your master’s sons, and set him on the throne of his father, and fight for your master’s house.

2K 10:4But they feared very greatly and said, If the two kings could not stand before him, how then can we stand before him?

2K 10:5And he who was over the household and he who was over the city and the elders and the guardians of the children sent word to Jehu, saying, We are your servants; all that you say to us, we will do. We will not make anyone king. What is good in your sight, do.

2K 10:6Then he wrote a letter to them a second time, saying, If you are mine and listen to my voice, take the heads of the sons of your master, and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow at this time. Now the king’s sons, seventy men, were with the great men of the city, who had brought them up.

2K 10:7And when the letter reached them, they took the king’s sons and slaughtered them, seventy men; and they placed their heads in baskets and sent them to him in Jezreel.

2K 10:8And the messenger came and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Put them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning.

2K 10:9And in the morning he went out and stood and said to all the people, You are righteous. I conspired against my master and have killed him; but who struck all these?

2K 10:10Know therefore that nothing of the word of Jehovah, which Jehovah spoke concerning the house of Ahab, shall fall to the earth; for Jehovah has done that which He spoke through His servant Elijah.

2K 10:11So Jehu killed all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel and all his great men and his acquaintances and his priests, until he left him no one remaining.

2K 10:12Then he rose up and departed and came into Samaria. And while he was at the shepherds’ meeting place on the way,

2K 10:13Jehu came upon the brothers of Ahaziah the king of Judah; and he said, Who are you? And they said, We are the brothers of Ahaziah, and have come down to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.

2K 10:14And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive and slew them, forty-two men, at the pit of the meeting place; and he left not one of them remaining.

2K 10:15And when he departed from there, he came upon Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart? And Jehonadab said, It is. And Jehu said, If it is, give me your hand. And he gave him his hand, and Jehu took him up to himself into the chariot.

2K 10:16And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for Jehovah. So they made him ride in his chariot.

2K 10:17And when he came to Samaria, he struck all who were left to Ahab in Samaria, until he had destroyed him, according to the word of Jehovah, which He spoke to Elijah.

2K 10:18And Jehu gathered all the people together and said to them, Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve him much.

2K 10:19Now call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be missing. For I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal. Whoever is missing will not live. But Jehu acted in subtlety, in order that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.

2K 10:20And Jehu said, Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.

2K 10:21And Jehu sent word throughout all Israel, and all the worshippers of Baal came; and there was not one left who did not come. And they came to the house of Baal, and the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other.

2K 10:22And he said to the one who was over the wardrobe, Bring out garments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought out the garments to them.

2K 10:23And Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab came to the house of Baal; and he said to the worshippers of Baal, Search and see that none of the servants of Jehovah are here with you; only the worshippers of Baal should be here.

2K 10:24And they came to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed for himself eighty men outside; and he had said, He who allows any of the men to escape whom I bring into your hands will give up his life instead.

2K 10:25And when he finished offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guards and to the captains, Go in and slay them; let no one get out. And they struck them with the edge of the sword. And the guards and the captains threw them out, and they went to the inner room of the house of Baal.

2K 10:26And they brought out the pillars of the house of Baal and burned them.

2K 10:27And they broke down the pillar of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal and made it a latrine, as it is to this day.

2K 10:28Thus Jehu eradicated Baal from Israel.

2K 10:29However as regards the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, by which he caused Israel to sin, Jehu did not turn away from them, that is, the golden calves which were in Bethel and in Dan.

2K 10:30And Jehovah said to Jehu, Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes and have dealt with the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

2K 10:31But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of Jehovah the God of Israel with all his heart; he did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam, by which he caused Israel to sin.

2K 10:32In those days Jehovah began to cut away portions of land in Israel, and Hazael struck them in all the borders of Israel

2K 10:33From the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, both Gilead and Bashan.

2K 10:34And 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?

2K 10:35And Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place.

2K 10:36Now the time which Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

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