And Ahab hath seventy sons in Samaria, and Jehu writeth
letters, and sendeth to Samaria, unto the heads of Jezreel, the elders, and
unto the supporters of Ahab, saying,
'And now, at the coming in of this letter unto you, and with
you are sons of your lord, and with you are the chariots and the
horses, and a fenced city, and the armour,
and ye have seen the best and the uprightest of the sons of
your lord, and have set him on the throne of his father, and fight ye
for the house of your lord.'
And they fear very greatly, and say, 'Lo, the two kings have
not stood before him, and how do we stand -- we?'
And he who is over the house, and he who is
over the city, and the elders, and the supporters, send unto Jehu, saying, 'Thy
servants we are, and all that thou sayest unto us we do; we do not make
any one king -- that which is good in thine eyes do.'
And he writeth unto them a letter a second time, saying, 'If
ye are for me, and to my voice are hearkening, take the heads of the men
-- the sons of your lord, and come unto me about this time to-morrow, to
Jezreel;' and the sons of the king are seventy men, with the great ones
of the city those bringing them up.
And it cometh to pass, at the coming in of the letter unto
them, that they take the sons of the king, and slaughter seventy men, and put
their heads in baskets, and send unto him to Jezreel,
and the messenger cometh in, and declareth to him, saying,
'They have brought in the heads of the sons of the king,' and he saith, 'Make
them two heaps at the opening of the gate till the morning.'
And it cometh to pass in the morning, that he goeth out, and
standeth, and saith unto all the people, 'Righteous are ye; lo, I have
conspired against my lord, and slay him -- and who smote all these?
Know ye now, that nothing doth fall of the word of Jehovah
to the earth that Jehovah spake against the house of Ahab, and Jehovah hath
done that which He spake by the hand of His servant Elijah.'
And Jehu smiteth all those left to the house of Ahab in
Jezreel, and all his great men, and his acquaintances, and his priests, till he
hath not left to him a remnant.
And he riseth, and cometh in and goeth to Samaria; he is
at the shepherds' shearing-house in the way,
and Jehu hath found the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah,
and saith, 'Who are ye?' and they say, 'Brethren of Ahaziah we are,
and we go down to salute the sons of the king, and the sons of the mistress.'
And he saith, 'Catch them alive;' and they catch them alive,
and slaughter them at the pit of the shearing-house, forty and two men, and he
hath not left a man of them.
And he goeth thence, and findeth Jehonadab son of Rechab --
to meet him, and blesseth him, and saith unto him, 'Is thy heart right, as my
heart is with thy heart?' and Jehonadab saith, 'It is;' -- 'Then it is;
give thy hand;' and he giveth his hand, and he causeth him to come up into him
into the chariot,
and saith, 'Come with me, and look on my zeal for Jehovah;'
and they cause him to ride in his chariot.
And he cometh in to Samaria, and smiteth all those left to
Ahab in Samaria, till his destroying him, according to the word of Jehovah that
He spake unto Elisha.
And Jehu gathereth the whole of the people, and saith unto
them, 'Ahab served Baal a little -- Jehu doth serve him much:
and now, all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all
his priests, call ye unto me; let not a man be lacking, for a great sacrifice I
have for Baal; every one who is lacking -- he doth not live;' and Jehu hath
done it in subtilty, in order to destroy the servants of Baal.
And Jehu saith, 'Sanctify a restraint for Baal;' and they
And Jehu sendeth into all Israel, and all the servants of
Baal come in, and there hath not been left a man who hath not come in; and they
come in to the house of Baal, and the house of Baal is full -- mouth to mouth.
And he saith to him who is over the wardrobe, 'Bring
out clothing to all servants of Baal;' and he bringeth out to them the
And Jehu goeth in, and Jehonadab son of Rechab, to the house
of Baal, and saith to the servants of Baal, 'Search and see, lest there be here
with you of the servants of Jehovah -- but, the servants of Baal by
And they come in to make sacrifices and burnt-offerings, and
Jehu hath set for himself in an out-place eighty men, and saith, 'The man who
letteth escape any of the men whom I am bringing in unto your hand --
his soul for his soul.'
And it cometh to pass at his finishing to make the
burnt-offering, that Jehu saith to the runners, and to the captains, 'Go in,
smite them, let none come out;' and they smite them by the mouth of the sword,
and the runners and the captains cast them out; and they go unto the
city, to the house of Baal,
and bring out the standing-pillars of the house of Baal, and
and break down the standing-pillar of Baal, and break down
the house of Baal, and appoint it for a draught-house unto this day.
And Jehu destroyeth Baal out of Israel,
only -- the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, that he caused
Israel to sin, Jehu hath not turned aside from after them -- the calves of gold
that are at Beth-El, and in Dan.
And Jehovah saith unto Jehu, 'Because that thou hast done
well, to do that which is right in Mine eyes -- according to all that is
in My heart thou hast done to the house of Ahab -- the sons of the fourth generation
do sit for thee on the throne of Israel.'
And Jehu hath not taken heed to walk in the law of Jehovah,
God of Israel, with all his heart, he hath not turned aside from the sins of
Jeroboam, that he caused Israel to sin.
In those days hath Jehovah begun to cut off some in
Israel, and Hazael smiteth them in all the border of Israel,
from the Jordan, at the sun-rising, the whole land of
Gilead, of the Gadite, and the Reubenite, and the Manassahite (from Aroer, that
is by the brook Arnon), even Gilead and Bashan.
And the rest of the matters of Jehu, and all that he did,
and all his might, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the
kings of Israel?
And Jehu lieth with his fathers, and they bury him in
Samaria, and reign doth Jehoahaz his son in his stead.
And the days that Jehu hath reigned over Israel are
twenty and eight years, in Samaria.