2 Kings 10 ©
Jehu by his letters causeth Ahab's seventy sons to be slain in Samaria. He excuseth the fact by the prophecy of Elijah, and destroyeth all Ahab's kindred and friends in Jezreel. In his way to Samaria he slayeth two and forty of Ahaziah's brethren. He taketh Jehonadab in the chariot with him, and destroyeth all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria. By subtilty he slayeth at once all Baal's worshippers, and breaketh down his images and house. Jehu followeth the sins of Jeroboam, but for having executed God's judgments on Ahab's house, is promised the continuance of the kingdom in his family to the fourth generation. Hazael smiteth Israel. Jehu dieth; his son Jehoahaz succeedeth him.
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, gWe 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.
Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye be 2mine, and if ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye hthe 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.
¶And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the 5shearing house in the way,
¶And when he was departed thence, he 7lighted on rJehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he 8saluted him, and said to him, sIs 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.
Now therefore call unto me all xthe 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 yin *subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
And Jehu said, 9Proclaim a zsolemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.
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.
And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the dguard and to the captains, Go in, and eslay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with 11the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.
And they brought forth the 12images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.
Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
And the LORD said unto Jehu, iBecause 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 jfourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his *stead.
And 17the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.