Judgment upon Ahab’s House
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░, 2 “Now░, awhen this░ letter░ comes░ to you, since your master’s░ sons░ are with you, Ias well as the chariots░ and horses░ and a fortified░ city░ and the weapons░, 3 select░ the best░ and Ifittest░ 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░. 8 When the messenger░ came░ and told░ him, saying░, “They have brought░ the heads░ of the king’s░ sons░,” he said░, “Put░ them in two░ heaps░ at the entrance░ of the gate░ until░ morning░.” 9 Now in the morning░ he went░ out and stood░ and said░ to all░ the people░, “You are Iinnocent░; behold░, aI conspired░ against░ my master░ and killed░ him, but bwho░ IIkilled░ all░ these░? 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░ Ithrough░ His servant░ Elijah░.” 11 So Jehu░ Ikilled░ all░ who remained░ of the house░ of Ahab░ in aJezreel░, and all░ his great░ men░ and his acquaintances░ and his priests░, until░ he left░ him without░ a survivor░.
 a1K 16:24-29
 ILit and with you the a2K 5:6
 ILit most upright
 a2K 9:24, 27
 aJsh 9:8, 11; 1K 20:4, 32; 2K 18:14
 aJg 9:5; 2K 11:1
 ILit just IILit smote a2K 9:14-24 b2K 10:6
 ILit by the hand of a2K 9:7-10 b1K 21:19-29
 ILit smote aHo 1:4
12 ¶ Then he arose░ and departed░ and went░ to Samaria░. On the way░ while he was at IBeth-eked░ of the shepherds░, 13 aJehu░ Imet░ the IIrelatives░ of Ahaziah░ king░ of Judah░ and said░, “Who░ are you?” And they IIIanswered░, “We are the IIrelatives░ of Ahaziah░; and we have come░ down░ IVto greet░ the sons░ of the king░ and the sons░ of the queen░ mother░.” 14 He said░, “Take░ them alive░.” So they took░ them alive░ and killed░ them at the pit░ of Beth-eked░, forty-two░░ men░; and he left░ none░░ of them.
 II.e. house of binding
 ILit found IILit brothers IIILit said IVLit about the welfare of a2K 8:24, 29; 2Ch 21:17; 22:8
15 ¶ Now when he had departed░ from there░, he Imet░ aJehonadab░ the son░ of bRechab░ [coming] to meet░ him; and he IIgreeted░ him and said░ to him, “Is your heart░ right░, as my heart░ is with your heart░?” And Jehonadab░ IIIanswered░, “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░. 16 He said░, “Come░ with me and asee░ my zeal░ for the LORD░.” So Ihe made him ride░ in his chariot░. 17 When he came░ to Samaria░, ahe Ikilled░ all░ who remained░ to Ahab░ in Samaria░, until░ he had destroyed░ him, baccording to the word░ of the LORD░ which░ He spoke░ to Elijah░.
 ILit found IILit blessed IIILit said aJr 35:6-19 b1Ch 2:55 cEzr 10:19; Ezk 17:18
 ILit they a1K 19:10
 ILit smote a2K 9:8 b2K 10:10
Jehu Destroys Baal Worshipers
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 Icunning░, so░ that he might destroy░ the worshipers░ of Baal░. 20 And Jehu░ said░, “aSanctify░ a solemn░ assembly░ for Baal░.” And bthey proclaimed░ [it]. 21 Then Jehu░ sent░ Ithroughout░ 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] Iin 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░.” 24 Then they went░ in to offer░ sacrifices░ and burnt░ offerings░.
¶ Now Jehu░ had stationed░ for himself eighty░ men░ outside░, and he had said░, “aThe one░ who░ permits any░ of the men░ whom░ I bring░ into your hands░ to escape░ Ishall give up his life░ in exchange░.”
 a1K 16:31, 32
 ILit insidiousness a1K 18:19; 22:6
 aJol 1:14 bEx 32:4-6
 ILit in all a1K 16:32; 2K 11:18
 ILit over the
 ILit his soul for his soul a1K 20:30-42
25 ¶ Then it came░ about, as soon as he had finished░ offering░ the burnt░ offering░, that Jehu░ said░ to the Iaguard░ and to the royal░ officers░, “bGo░ in, IIkill░ them; let none░░ come░ out.” And they IIIkilled░ them with the edge░ of the sword░; and the Iguard░ and the royal░ officers░ threw░ [them] out, and went░ to the IVinner░ 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░.
 ILit runners IILit smite IIILit smote IVLit city a1S 22:17 b1K 18:40
 a1K 14:23; 2K 3:2
 aEzr 6:11; Dn 2:5; 3:29
28 ¶ Thus Jehu░ eradicated░ Baal░ out of Israel░. 29 However░, a[as for] the sins░ of Jeroboam░ the son░ of Nebat░, which░ he made Israel░ sin░, from these Jehu░ did not depart░, [even] the bgolden░ calves░ that [were] at Bethel░ and that [were] at Dan░. 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░.” 31 But Jehu░ Iawas not careful░ to walk░ in the law░ of the LORD░, the God░ of Israel░, with all░ his heart░; bhe did not depart░ from the sins░ of Jeroboam░, which░ he made Israel░ sin░.
32 ¶ In those░ days░ the aLORD░ began░ to cut░ off░ [portions] Ifrom Israel░; and bHazael░ IIdefeated░ them throughout░ the territory░ of Israel░: 33 from the Jordan░ eastward░, all░ the land░ of Gilead░, the Gadites░ and the Reubenites░ and the Manassites░, from aAroer░, which░ is by the valley░ of the Arnon░, even bGilead░ and Bashan░.
Jehoahaz Succeeds Jehu
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░? 35 And Jehu░ slept░ with his fathers░, and they buried░ him in Samaria░. And Jehoahaz░ his son░ became░ king░ in his place░. 36 Now the Itime░ which░ Jehu░ reigned░ over░ Israel░ in Samaria░ [was] twenty-eight░░ years░.
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Jehu, by his letters, causeth seventy of Ahab's children to be beheaded.
1 ¶ And 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,║¬ 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,║¬ 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 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 baskets,║ and sent║¬▓ him [them] to Jezreel.║
 Dt 16:18; Jg 8:30; 10:4; 12:14; 1K 13:32; 16:28; 21:8; 2K 5:3; 2Ch 22:9.
 2K 5:6.
 Dt 17:14; 1S 10:24; 11:15; 2S 2:8, 12; 1K 1:24; 12:20, 21; Jn 18:36.
 2K 9:24, 27; Is 27:4; Jr 49:19; Na 1:6; Lk 14:31.
 Jsh 9:11, 24; 1K 20:4, 32; 2K 18:14; Jr 27:7, 17; Jn 12:26.
 Nu 25:4; Dt 5:9; Jsh 7:24; 1K 21:8; 2K 9:32; Jb 21:19; Is 14:21; Mt 12:30; Lk 9:50; Rv 2:20.
 Jg 9:5; 1K 21:21; 2K 10:9; 11:1; 2Ch 21:4; Mt 14:8.
He excuseth the fact by the prophecy of Elijah.
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,▓ I▓ conspired║¬ against▓ my master,║ and slew║¬ him: but who▓ slew║¬▓ all▓ these?▓ 10 Know║¬ 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.║ 11 So 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.║
 Dt 21:23; 2S 11:18; 1K 21:14; Mk 6:28.
 1S 12:3; 2K 9:14; Is 5:3; Ho 1:4.
 1S 3:19; 15:29; 1K 21:19, 21, 29; 2K 9:7, 36; Jr 44:28; Zc 1:6; Mk 13:31.
 Jsh 10:30; 11:8; 1K 14:10; 15:29; 16:11; 18:19, 40; 21:22; 22:6; 2K 23:20; Jb 18:19; Ps 109:13; 125:5; Pv 13:20; Is 14:21; Rv 19:20; 20:10.
At the shearing house he slayeth two and forty of Ahaziah's brethren.
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 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.║ 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.
 2K 10:12.
 2K 8:24, 29; 9:21; 2Ch 21:17; 22:1.
 1K 20:18; 2K 8:18; 10:6, 10; 11:1; 2Ch 22:8, 10.
He taketh Jehonadab into his company.
15 ¶ And 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.║ 16 And he said,║¬ Come╣¬▓ with▓ me, and see║¬ my zeal║ for the LORD.║ So they made him ride║¬ in his chariot.║ 17 And 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║¬ to▓ Elijah.║
 Gn 31:55; 47:7, 10; 2K 9:21; 10:13; 1Ch 2:55; 12:17; Ezr 10:19; Jr 35:6, 8, 14; Ezk 17:18; Jn 21:15; Ac 8:31; Ga 2:9; 4:12.
 Nu 23:4; 24:13; 1K 19:10, 14, 17; 2K 9:7; 10:31; Pv 27:2; Ezk 33:31; Mt 6:2, 5; Ro 10:2.
 1K 21:21; 2K 9:8, 25; 10:10, 11; 2Ch 22:8; Ps 109:8; Mal 4:1.
By subtilty he destroyeth all the worshippers of Baal.
18 ¶ And Jehu║ gathered║¬▓ all▓ the people║ together,╣¬ and said║¬ unto▓ them, Ahab║ served║¬▓ Baal║ a little;║ [but] Jehu║ shall serve║¬ him much.║¬ 19 Now▓ 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.║ 20 And Jehu║ said,║¬ Proclaim║¬ a solemn assembly║ for Baal.║ And they proclaimed║¬ [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 house║ 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,║ Bring 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], his 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 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.║ 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 a draught house║¬╣ unto▓ this day.║ 28 Thus Jehu║ destroyed║¬▓ Baal║ out of Israel.║▓
 1K 16:31; 18:19, 22, 40; 2K 3:2; Jb 13:7; Ro 3:8; Php 4:8.
 1K 22:6; 2K 3:13; 10:11, 18, 21; Jb 13:7; Pv 29:5; 2Co 4:2; 11:3, 13; 12:16; 1Th 2:3.
 1K 18:19; 21:12; Jol 1:14.
 Jg 16:27; 1K 16:32; Jol 3:2, 11; Rv 16:16.
 Ex 28:2; Mt 22:11.
 2K 10:15; Mt 13:30, 41; 25:32.
 1K 20:30.
 Ex 32:27; Dt 13:6; Ezk 9:5; 22:21; Rv 16:6.
 2S 5:21; 1K 14:23; 2K 19:18.
 Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5, 25; 1K 16:32; 2K 18:4; 23:7; 2Ch 34:3; Ezr 6:11; Dn 2:5; 3:29.
Jehu followeth Jeroboam's sins.
29 ¶ Howbeit▓ [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.║ 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,║ thy 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,║ which▓ made▓ Israel║ to sin.║¬
 Gn 20:9; Ex 32:4, 21; 1S 2:24; 1K 12:28, 29; 13:33; 14:16; 2K 13:2, 11; 14:24; 15:9, 18, 24, 28; 17:22; Ho 8:5; 10:5; 13:2; Mk 6:24; 1Co 8:9; Ga 2:12.
 1S 15:18; 1K 20:42; 21:22, 29; 2K 10:35; 13:1, 10; 14:23; 15:8; Ezk 29:18; Ho 1:4.
 Dt 4:15, 23; 5:33; 10:12; 1K 2:4; 14:16; 2K 3:3; 10:29; 2Ch 6:16; Ne 10:29; Ps 39:1; 78:10; 119:9; Pv 4:23; Ezk 36:27; Dn 9:10; He 2:1; 12:15.
Hazael oppresseth Israel.
32 ¶ In those▓ days║ the LORD║ began║¬ to cut╣¬ Israel╣ short:║¬▓ and Hazael║ 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,║ from Aroer,║▓ which▓ [is] by▓ the river║ Arnon,║ even Gilead║ and Bashan.║ 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?║
 1K 19:17; 2K 8:12; 13:22.
 Nu 32:33; Dt 3:12; Jsh 13:9; Am 1:3.
 1K 11:41; 14:19, 29; 2K 12:19; 13:8.
Jehoahaz succeedeth Jehu.
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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