1 Erant autem Achab septuaginta filii in Samaria. Scripsit ergo Iehu litteras et misit in Samariam ad optimates civitatis et ad maiores natu et ad nutricios filiorum Achab dicens:
10:2" Statim ut acceperitis litteras has, qui habetis filios domini vestri et currus et equos et civitatem firmam et arma,
3 eligite meliorem et iustiorem de filiis domini vestri et ponite eum super solium patris sui et pugnate pro domo domini vestri".
4 Timuerunt illi vehementer et dixerunt: "Ecce duo reges non potuerunt stare coram eo, et quomodo nos valebimus resistere?".
5 Miserunt ergo praepositus domus et praefectus civitatis et maiores natu et nutricii ad Iehu dicentes: "Servi tui sumus: quaecumque iusseris, faciemus nec constituemus regem; quodcumque tibi placet, fac".
6 Rescripsit autem eis litteras secundo dicens: "Si mei estis et oboeditis mihi, tollite capita virorum filiorum domini vestri et venite ad me hac eadem hora cras in Iezrahel". Porro filii regis, septuaginta viri, apud optimates civitatis nutriebantur.
7 Cumque venissent litterae ad eos, tulerunt filios regis et occiderunt septuaginta viros et posuerunt capita eorum in cophinis et miserunt ad eum in Iezrahel.
8 Venit autem nuntius et indicavit ei dicens: "Attulerunt capita filiorum regis". Qui respondit: "Ponite ea duos acervos iuxta introitum portae usque mane".
9 Cumque diluxisset, egressus est et stans dixit ad omnem populum: "Vos iusti estis; ecce ego coniuravi contra dominum meum et interfeci eum, sed quis percussit omnes hos?
10 Videte ergo nunc quoniam non cecidit de sermonibus Domini in terram, quos locutus est Dominus super domum Achab, et Dominus fecit, quod locutus est in manu servi sui Eliae".
11 Percussit igitur Iehu omnes, qui reliqui erant de domo Achab in Iezrahel, et universos optimates eius et notos et sacerdotes, donec non remanerent ex eo reliquiae.
12 Et surrexit et intravit. Deinde profectus est in Samariam; cumque esset ad Betheced Pastorum in via,
13 invenit fratres Ochoziae regis Iudae dixitque ad eos: "Quinam estis vos?". At illi responderunt: "Fratres Ochoziae sumus et descendimus ad salutandos filios regis et filios dominae reginae".
14 Qui ait: "Comprehendite eos vivos". Quos cum comprehendissent vivos, iugulaverunt eos iuxta cisternam Betheced, quadraginta duos viros, et non reliquit ex eis quemquam.
15 Cumque abisset inde, invenit Ionadab filium Rechab in occursum sibi et benedixit ei. Et ait ad eum: "Numquid est cor tuum rectum sicut cor meum cum corde tuo?". Et ait Ionadab: "Est"." Si est, inquit, da manum tuam". Qui dedit manum suam. At ille levavit eum ad se in curru
16 dixitque ad eum: "Veni mecum et vide zelum meum pro Domino". Et impositum currui suo
17 duxit in Samariam. Et percussit omnes, qui reliqui fuerant de Achab in Samaria usque ad unum, iuxta verbum Domini, quod locutus est per Eliam.
18 Congregavit ergo Iehu omnem populum et dixit ad eos: "Achab coluit Baal parum, ego autem colam eum amplius.
19 Nunc igitur omnes prophetas Baal et universos servos eius et cunctos sacerdotes ipsius vocate ad me; nullus sit qui non veniat. Sacrificium enim grande est mihi Baal; quicumque defuerit, non vivet". Porro Iehu faciebat hoc insidiose, ut disperderet cultores Baal.
20 Dixitque: "Sanctificate diem sollemnem Baal". Vocaveruntque.
21 Et misit Iehu in universos terminos Israel, et venerunt cuncti servi Baal; non fuit residuus, ne unus quidem qui non veniret. Et ingressi sunt templum Baal, et repleta est domus Baal a summo usque ad summum.
22 Dixitque ei, qui erat super vestes: "Profer vestimenta universis servis Baal". Et protulit eis vestes.
23 Ingressusque Iehu et Ionadab filius Rechab templum Baal ait cultoribus Baal: "Perquirite et videte, ne quis forte vobiscum sit de servis Domini, sed ut sint soli servi Baal".
24 Ingressi sunt igitur, ut facerent victimas et holocausta; Iehu autem praeparaverat sibi foris octoginta viros et dixerat eis: "Quicumque permiserit fugere de hominibus his, quos ego adduxero in manus vestras, anima eius erit pro anima illius".
25 Factum est ergo cum completum esset holocaustum, praecepit Iehu cursoribus et ducibus suis: "Ingredimini et percutite eos; nullus evadat!". Percusseruntque eos cursores et duces ore gladii et proiecerunt. Tunc ierunt usque in dabir templi Baal.
26 Et protulerunt lapidem Baal et combusserunt
27 et comminuerunt eum. Destruxerunt quoque aedem Baal et fecerunt pro ea latrinas usque diem hanc.
28 Delevit itaque Iehu Baal de Israel.
29 Verumtamen a peccatis Ieroboam filii Nabat, qui peccare fecerat Israel, non recessit; nec dereliquit vitulos aureos, qui erant in Bethel et in Dan.
30 Dixit autem Dominus ad Iehu: "Quia studiose fecisti, quod rectum erat in oculis meis et omnia quae erant in corde meo fecisti contra domum Achab, filii tui usque ad quartam generationem sedebunt super thronum Israel".
31 Porro Iehu non custodivit, ut ambularet in lege Domini, Dei Israel, in toto corde suo; non enim recessit a peccatis Ieroboam, qui peccare fecerat Israel.
32 In diebus illis coepit Dominus discindere in Israel; percussitque eos Hazael in universis finibus Israel
33 a Iordane contra orientalem plagam omnem terram Galaad et Gad et Ruben et Manasse, ab Aroer, quae est super torrentem Arnon, et Galaad et Basan.
34 Reliqua autem gestorum Iehu et universa, quae fecit, et fortitudo eius, nonne haec scripta sunt in libro annalium regum Israel?
35 Et dormivit Iehu cum patribus suis, sepelieruntque eum in Samaria; et regnavit Ioachaz filius eius pro eo.
36 Dies autem, quos regnavit Iehu super Israel, viginti et octo anni sunt, in Samaria.
King James Version
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 Beth-el, 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.