2 Kings 10
Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders,
and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying,
as 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;
out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
4But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before
him: how then shall we stand?
5And 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,
We 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
6Then he wrote a letter the second time
to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the 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.
7And it came to pass,
when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and
sent him them to Jezreel.
8And there came
a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at
the entering in of the gate until the morning.
it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye be righteous: behold, I conspired
against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?
now that 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 by his servant Elijah.
11So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks,
and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house in the way,
13Jehu met with 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 to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.
14And he said, Take 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.
15And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming
to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is 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.
16And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride
in his chariot.
17And when he came to Samaria,
he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake
18And Jehu gathered all the people
together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.
19Now therefore call unto me all the 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 in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
20And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.
21And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that
there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end
22And he said unto him that was
over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.
23And 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.
24And when they went in to offer
sacrifices and burnt offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any 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.
25And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said
to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword;
and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.
26And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.
27And they brake down the image of Baal, and
brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.
28Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from
after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan.
30And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because 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 fourth generation
shall sit on the throne of Israel.
took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam,
which made Israel to sin.
32In those days
the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel;
33From Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites,
and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.
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 reigned in
36And the time that Jehu reigned
over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.