10 *And Ahab had seventy sons in aSamaria. 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, 2 Now 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; 3 Look even 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. 4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two 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, bWe 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 †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. 7 And 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 cbaskets, 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, Lay 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 righteous: behold, dI conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? 10 Know now that there shall efall 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 f†by his servant Elijah. 11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his ||kinsfolks, and his gpriests, until hhe left him none remaining.
12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the †shearing house in the way, 13 Jehu †met with the ibrethren 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 kqueen. 14 And 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. 15 And when he was departed thence, he †lighted on lJehonadab the son of mRechab 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, ngive 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 omy zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew pall that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the Lord, qwhich he spake to Elijah.
18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, rAhab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much. 19 Now therefore call unto me all the sprophets 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. 20 And Jehu said, †Proclaim a tsolemn assembly for Baal. And they uproclaimed 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 they came into the xhouse of Baal; and the house of Baal was ||full from one end to another. 22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, yBring forth vestments 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 any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that letteth him go, zhis 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 aguard and to the captains, bGo in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with †the edge of the sword; and the aguard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal. 26 And they brought forth the †images out of the house of Baal, and burned them. 27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it ca draught house unto this day. 28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. 29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, dwho made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, ethe golden calves that were in Beth-el, and that were in Dan. 30 And 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, fthy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. 31 *But Jehu †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, dwhich made Israel to sin.
32 In those days the Lord gbegan †to cut Israel short: and hHazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel; 33 From Jordan †eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, ifrom Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, ||even kGilead and Bashan. 34 Now the krest 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 †the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.
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