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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
1 And 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 from among the king's
sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse,
in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.
3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years.
And Athaliah did reign over the land.
4 And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers
over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought
them to him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant
with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD,
and shewed them the king's son.
5 And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall
do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even
be keepers of the watch of the king's house;
6 And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third
part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch
of the house, that it be not broken down.
7 And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even
they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the
8 And ye shall compass the king around about, every man with
his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges,
let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and
as he cometh in.
9 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things
that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man
his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that
should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king
David's spears and shields, that were in the temple of the LORD.
11 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand,
round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to
the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple.
12 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon
him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and
anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save
13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the
people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.
14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar,
as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the
king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with
trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason,
15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds,
the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth
without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the
sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the
house of the LORD.
16 And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the
which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she
17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king
and the people that they should be the LORD's people; between
the king also and the people.
18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal,
and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces
thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.
19 And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and
the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought
down the king from the house of the LORD, and came by the way
of the gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat on
the throne of the kings.
20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was
in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's
21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.
1 In the seventh
year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned
he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
2 And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD
all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still
sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated
things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the
money of every one that passeth the account, the money that
every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any
man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD,
5 Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance:
and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any
breach shall be found.
6 But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king
Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the
other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches
of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance,
but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
8 And the priests consented to receive no more money of the
people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in
the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side
as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that
kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into
the house of the LORD.
10 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in
the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up,
and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in
the house of the LORD.
11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them
that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the
LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that
wrought upon the house of the LORD,
12 And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and
hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD,
and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.
13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls
of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold,
or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the
house of the LORD:
14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith
the house of the LORD.
15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand
they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they
16 The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the
house of the LORD: it was the priests'.
17 Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath,
and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.
18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that
Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of
Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the
gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the LORD,
and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria:
and he went away from Jerusalem.
19 And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash
in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.
21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of
Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried
him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son
reigned in his stead.