1 And Ahab hath seventy sons in Samaria, and Jehu writeth letters, and sendeth to Samaria, unto the heads of Jezreel, the elders, and unto the supporters of Ahab, saying, 2‘And now, at the coming in of this letter unto you, and with you are sons of your lord, and with you are the chariots and the horses, and a fenced city, and the armour, 3and ye have seen the best and the uprightest of the sons of your lord, and have set him on the throne of his father, and fight ye for the house of your lord.’ 4And they fear very greatly, and say, ‘Lo, the two kings have not stood before him, and how do we stand—we?’ 5And he who is over the house, and he who is over the city, and the elders, and the supporters, send unto Jehu, saying, ‘Thy servants we are, and all that thou sayest unto us we do; we do not make any one king—that which is good in thine eyes do.’ 6And he writeth unto them a letter a second time, saying, ‘If ye are for me, and to my voice are hearkening, take the heads of the men—the sons of your lord, and come unto me about this time to-morrow, to Jezreel;’ and the sons of the king are seventy men, with the great ones of the city those bringing them up. 7And it cometh to pass, at the coming in of the letter unto them, that they take the sons of the king, and slaughter seventy men, and put their heads in baskets, and send unto him to Jezreel, 8and the messenger cometh in, and declareth to him, saying, ‘They have brought in the heads of the sons of the king,’ and he saith, ‘Make them two heaps at the opening of the gate till the morning.’ 9And it cometh to pass in the morning, that he goeth out, and standeth, and saith unto all the people, ‘Righteous are ye; lo, I have conspired against my lord, and slay him—and who smote all these? 10Know ye now, that nothing doth fall of the word of Jehovah to the earth that Jehovah spake against the house of Ahab, and Jehovah hath done that which He spake by the hand of His servant Elijah.’ 11And Jehu smiteth all those left to the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his acquaintances, and his priests, till he hath not left to him a remnant. 12And he riseth, and cometh in and goeth to Samaria; he is at the shepherds’ shearing-house in the way, 13and Jehu hath found the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and saith, ‘Who are ye?’ and they say, ‘Brethren of Ahaziah we are, and we go down to salute the sons of the king, and the sons of the mistress.’ 14And he saith, ‘Catch them alive;’ and they catch them alive, and slaughter them at the pit of the shearing-house, forty and two men, and he hath not left a man of them.
15 And he goeth thence, and findeth Jehonadab son of Rechab—to meet him, and blesseth him, and saith unto him, ‘Is thy heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?’ and Jehonadab saith, ‘It is;’—‘Then it is; give thy hand;’ and he giveth his hand, and he causeth him to come up into him into the chariot, 16and saith, ‘Come with me, and look on my zeal for Jehovah;’ and they cause him to ride in his chariot. 17And he cometh in to Samaria, and smiteth all those left to Ahab in Samaria, till his destroying him, according to the word of Jehovah that He spake unto Elisha. 18And Jehu gathereth the whole of the people, and saith unto them, ‘Ahab served Baal a little—Jehu doth serve him much: 19and now, all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests, call ye unto me; let not a man be lacking, for a great sacrifice I have for Baal; every one who is lacking—he doth not live;’ and Jehu hath done it in subtilty, in order to destroy the servants of Baal. 20And Jehu saith, ‘Sanctify a restraint for Baal;’ and they proclaim it. 21And Jehu sendeth into all Israel, and all the servants of Baal come in, and there hath not been left a man who hath not come in; and they come in to the house of Baal, and the house of Baal is full—mouth to mouth. 22And he saith to him who is over the wardrobe, ‘Bring out clothing to all servants of Baal;’ and he bringeth out to them the clothing. 23And Jehu goeth in, and Jehonadab son of Rechab, to the house of Baal, and saith to the servants of Baal, ‘Search and see, lest there be here with you of the servants of Jehovah—but, the servants of Baal by themselves.’ 24And they come in to make sacrifices and burnt-offerings, and Jehu hath set for himself in an out-place eighty men, and saith, ‘The man who letteth escape any of the men whom I am bringing in unto your hand—his soul for his soul.’ 25And it cometh to pass at his finishing to make the burnt-offering, that Jehu saith to the runners, and to the captains, ‘Go in, smite them, let none come out;’ and they smite them by the mouth of the sword, and the runners and the captains cast them out; and they go unto the city, to the house of Baal, 26and bring out the standing-pillars of the house of Baal, and burn them, 27and break down the standing-pillar of Baal, and break down the house of Baal, and appoint it for a draught-house unto this day. 28And Jehu destroyeth Baal out of Israel.
29 Only—the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, that he caused Israel to sin, Jehu hath not turned aside from after them—the calves of gold that are at Beth-El, and in Dan. 30And Jehovah saith unto Jehu, ‘Because that thou hast done well, to do that which is right in Mine eyes—according to all that is in My heart thou hast done to the house of Ahab—the sons of the fourth generation do sit for thee on the throne of Israel.’ 31And Jehu hath not taken heed to walk in the law of Jehovah, God of Israel, with all his heart, he hath not turned aside from the sins of Jeroboam, that he caused Israel to sin. 32In those days hath Jehovah begun to cut off some in Israel, and Hazael smiteth them in all the border of Israel, 33from the Jordan, at the sun-rising, the whole land of Gilead, of the Gadite, and the Reubenite, and the Manassahite (from Aroer, that is by the brook Arnon), even Gilead and Bashan. 34And the rest of the matters of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 35And Jehu lieth with his fathers, and they bury him in Samaria, and reign doth Jehoahaz his son in his stead. 36And the days that Jehu hath reigned over Israel are twenty and eight years, in Samaria.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.