1 Now Ahab had seventy sons in aSamaria. 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,
3 select the best and 1fittest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.”
4 But they feared greatly and said, “Behold, athe two kings did not stand before him; how then can we stand?”
5 And the one who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders, and the guardians of the children, sent word to Jehu, saying, “aWe are your servants, all that you say to us we will do, we will not make any man king; do what is good in your sight.”
6 Then he wrote a letter to them a second time saying, “If you are on my side, and you will listen to my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow about this time.” Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were rearing them.
7 When the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and aslaughtered them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him at Jezreel.
10 “Know then that athere shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the Lord, which the Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab, for the Lord has done bwhat He spoke 1through His servant Elijah.”
12 Then he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way while he was at 1Beth-eked of the shepherds,
13 aJehu 1met the 2relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah and said, “Who are you?” And they 3answered, “We are the 2relatives of Ahaziah; and we have come down 4to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.”
15 Now when he had departed from there, he 1met aJehonadab the son of bRechab coming to meet him; and he 2greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?” And Jehonadab 3answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, cgive me your hand.” And he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot.
18 Then Jehu gathered all the people and said to them, “aAhab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much.
19 “Now, asummon all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers and all his priests; let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal; whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu did it in 1cunning, so that he might destroy the worshipers of Baal.
21 Then Jehu sent 1throughout Israel and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And when they went into athe house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other.
22 He said to the one who was 1in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out garments for them.
23 Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the Lord, but only the worshipers of Baal.”
25 Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the 1aguard and to the royal officers, “bGo in, 2kill them; let none come out.” And they 3killed them with the edge of the sword; and the 1guard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the 4inner room of the house of Baal.
26 They brought out the sacred apillars of the house of Baal and burned them.
27 They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and amade it a latrine to this day.
30 The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, ayour sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”
34 Now 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?
36 Now the 1time which Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.
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