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2 Kings

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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? 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.