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Jehu Anointed King of Israel

9 1  Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, “Gird up your waist, and take this vial of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead. 2  When you come there, find Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brothers, and carry him to an inner room. 3  Then take the vial of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, ‘Thus says Yahweh, “I have anointed you king over Israel.”’ Then open the door, flee, and don’t wait.” 4  So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead. 5  When he came, behold, the captains of the army were sitting. Then he said, “I have a message for you, captain.”

Jehu said, “To which of us all?”

He said, “To you, O captain.” 6  He arose, and went into the house. Then he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, “Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, ‘I have anointed you king over the people of Yahweh, even over Israel. 7  You shall strike the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of Yahweh, at the hand of Jezebel. 8  For the whole house of Ahab shall perish. I will cut off from Ahab everyone who urinates against a wall, [1] both him who is shut up and him who is left at large in Israel. 9  I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. 10  The dogs will eat Jezebel on the plot of ground of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.” He opened the door, and fled.

11  Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to him, “Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?”

He said to them, “You know the man and what his talk was.” 12  They said, “That is a lie. Tell us now.”

He said, “He said to me, ‘Thus says Yahweh, I have anointed you king over Israel.’” 13  Then they hurried, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew the trumpet, saying, “Jehu is king.”

Jehu Kills Joram

14  So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram was keeping Ramoth Gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria; 15  but king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) Jehu said, “If this is your thinking, then let no one escape and go out of the city, to go to tell it in Jezreel.”

16  So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to see Joram. 17  Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, “I see a company.”

Joram said, “Take a horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, ‘Is it peace?’” 18  So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, “Thus says the king, ‘Is it peace?’”

Jehu said, “What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!”

The watchman said, “The messenger came to them, but he isn’t coming back.” 19  Then he sent out a second on horseback, who came to them, and said, “Thus says the king, ‘Is it peace?’”

Jehu answered, “What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!” 20  The watchman said, “He came to them, and isn’t coming back. The driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he drives furiously.” 21  Joram said, “Get ready!”

They got his chariot ready. Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out to meet Jehu, and found him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22  It happened, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?”

He answered, “What peace, so long as the prostitution of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft abound?” 23  Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, “There is treason, Ahaziah!” 24  Jehu drew his bow with his full strength, and struck Joram between his arms; and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. 25  Then Jehu said to Bidkar his captain, “Pick him up, and throw him in the plot of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember how, when you and I rode together after Ahab his father, Yahweh laid this burden on him: 26  ‘Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons,’ says Yahweh; ‘and I will repay you in this plot of ground,’ says Yahweh. Now therefore take and cast him onto the plot of ground, according to the word of Yahweh.”

Jehu Kills Ahaziah

27  But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. Jehu followed after him, and said, “Strike him also in the chariot!” They struck him at the ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. He fled to Megiddo, and died there. 28  His servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the city of David. 29  In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah.

The Death of Jezebel

30  When Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her eyes, and attired her head, and looked out at the window. 31  As Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, “Do you come in peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?” 32  He lifted up his face to the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?”

Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33  He said, “Throw her down!”

So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses. Then he trampled her under foot. 34  When he was come in, he ate and drink; and he said, “See now to this cursed woman, and bury her; for she is a king’s daughter.” 35  They went to bury her; but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 36  Therefore they came back, and told him.

He said, “This is the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘The dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel on the plot of Jezreel, 37  and the body of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel, so that they shall not say, “This is Jezebel.”’”

Jehu Destroys the House of Ahab

10 1  Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, even the elders, and to those who brought up the sons of Ahab, saying, 2  “Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and armor. 3  Select the best and fittest of your master’s sons, set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.” 4  But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Behold, the two kings didn’t stand before him! How then shall we stand?” 5  He who was over the household, and he who was over the city, the elders also, and those who raised the children, sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants, and will do all that you ask us. We will not make any man king. You do that which is good in your eyes.” 6  Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, “If you are on my side, and if you will listen to my voice, take the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by tomorrow this time.”

Now the king’s sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who brought them up. 7  It happened, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and killed them, even seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him to Jezreel. 8  A messenger came, and told him, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.”

He said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning.” 9  It happened in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, “You are righteous. Behold, I conspired against my master, and killed him; but who struck all these? 10  Know now that nothing shall fall to the earth of the word of Yahweh, which Yahweh spoke concerning the house of Ahab. For Yahweh has done that which he spoke by his servant Elijah.” 11  So Jehu struck all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, with all his great men, his familiar friends, and his priests, until he left him none remaining. 12  He arose and departed, and went to Samaria. As he was at the shearing house of the shepherds on the way, 13  Jehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, “Who are you?”

They answered, “We are the brothers of Ahaziah. We are going down to greet the children of the king and the children of the queen.” 14  He said, “Take them alive!”

They took them alive, and killed them at the pit of the shearing house, even forty-two men. He didn’t leave any of them.

15  When he had departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. He greeted him, and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?”

Jehonadab answered, “It is.”

“If it is, give me your hand.” He gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. 16  He said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for Yahweh.” So they made him ride in his chariot. 17  When he came to Samaria, he struck all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, until he had destroyed him, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke to Elijah.

Jehu Wipes Out the Worship of Baal

18  Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu will serve him much. 19  Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Baal, all of his worshippers, and all of his priests. Let none be absent; for I have a great sacrifice to Baal. Whoever is absent, he shall not live.” But Jehu did it in subtlety, intending that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal. 20  Jehu said, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal!”

They proclaimed it. 21  Jehu sent through all Israel; and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that didn’t come. They came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was filled from one end to another. 22  He said to him who was over the vestry, “Bring out robes for all the worshippers of Baal!”

He brought robes out to them. 23  Jehu went with Jehonadab the son of Rechab into the house of Baal. Then he said to the worshippers of Baal, “Search, and look that there are here with you none of the servants of Yahweh, but the worshippers of Baal only.” 24  They went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed him eighty men outside, and said, “If any of the men whom I bring into your hands escape, he who lets him go, his life shall be for the life of him.” 25  It happened, 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 kill them! Let none escape.” They struck 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  They brought out the pillars that were in the house of Baal, and burned them. 27  They broke down the pillar of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine, to this day. 28  Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

29  However from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin, Jehu didn’t depart from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan. 30  Yahweh said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in executing that which is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” 31  But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of Yahweh, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He didn’t depart from the sins of Jeroboam, with which he made Israel to sin. 32  In those days Yahweh began to cut off from Israel; and Hazael struck them in all the borders of Israel; 33  from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan. 34  Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 35  Jehu slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria. Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place. 36  The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Athaliah Usurps the Throne

11 1  Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. 2  But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were slain, even him and his nurse, and put them in the bedchamber; and they hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not slain; 3  He was with her hid in the house of Yahweh six years. Athaliah reigned over the land.

4  In the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the captains over hundreds of the Carites and of the guard, and brought them to him into the house of Yahweh; and he made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of Yahweh, and showed them the king’s son. 5  He commanded them, saying, “This is the thing that you shall do: a third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath, shall be keepers of the watch of the king’s house; 6  A third part shall be at the gate Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard. So you shall keep the watch of the house, and be a barrier. 7  The two companies of you, even all who go out on the Sabbath, shall keep the watch of the house of Yahweh around the king. 8  You shall surround the king, every man with his weapons in his hand; and he who comes within the ranks, let him be slain. be with the king when he goes out, and when he comes in.” 9  The captains over hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded; and they took every man his men, those who were to come in on the Sabbath, with those who were to go out on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. 10  The priest delivered to the captains over hundreds the spears and shields that had been king David’s, which were in the house of Yahweh. 11  The guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left side of the house, along by the altar and the house, around the king. 12  Then he brought out the king’s son, and put the crown on him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, “Long live the king!”

13  When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the house of Yahweh: 14  and she looked, and behold, the king stood by the pillar, as the manner was, and the captains and the trumpets by the king; and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her clothes, and cried, “Treason! Treason!” 15  Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds who were set over the army, and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks. Kill him who follows her with the sword.” For the priest said, “Don’t let her be slain in the house of Yahweh.” 16  So they made way for her; and she went by the way of the horses’ entry to the king’s house. She was slain there.

17  Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh and the king and the people, that they should be Yahweh’s people; between the king also and the people. 18  All the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and broke it down; his altars and his images broke they in pieces thoroughly, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. The priest appointed officers over the house of Yahweh. 19  He took the captains over hundreds, and the Carites, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of Yahweh, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king’s house. He sat on the throne of the kings. 20  So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. Athaliah they had slain with the sword at the king’s house. 21  Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.

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Footnotes

[1] 9:8 or, male

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