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
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;
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.
But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him:
how then shall we stand?
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. And as he was at the shearing house
in the way,
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.
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.
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.
And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in
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
And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a
little; but Jehu shall serve him much.
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.
And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.
And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made
it a draught house unto this day.
Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
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.
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
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.
In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the
coasts of Israel;
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.
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?
And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his
son reigned in his stead.
And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight