1Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, the elders, and to the guardians of the sons of Ahab, saying,
2 “Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since the sons of your lord are with you and you have chariots, and horses, and a fortified city, and armor,
3select the best and most capable of the sons of your lord and set him on his father’s throne and fight for the house of your lord.”
5And the one who was Over the House, and the one who was Over the City, and the elders, and the guardians of the children sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants and will do all that you ask us. We will not make anyone king. Do what is good in your eyes.”
6Then he wrote to them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side and if you will listen to my voice, then take the heads of the men, your lord’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel by tomorrow at this time.” Now the king’s sons, being seventy persons, were with the prominent men of the city who brought them up.
7And when the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and slaughtered them, seventy persons. And they put their heads in baskets and sent them to him, to Jezreel.
8And a messenger came and told him, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” He said, “Place them in two piles at the entrance of the gate until the morning.”
9And in the morning he went out and stood and said to all the people, “You are innocent. Behold, I conspired against my lord and killed him; but who struck down all these?
10Know now that no word of Yahweh will fall to the ground that Yahweh spoke concerning the house of Ahab. For Yahweh has done what he spoke by his servant Elijah.”
11Then Jehu struck down all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, along with all his prominent men and his close friends and his priests until he left him no one remaining.
12Then he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way, when he was at Beth-eked of the Shepherds,
13Jehu met some brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah and said, “Who are you?” They answered, “We are the brothers of Ahaziah. We are going down to pay our respects to the sons of the king and the sons of the queen-mother.”
15When he had departed from there, he met Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him. He blessed him in greeting, and he said to him, “Is your heart right with mine, as my heart is with your heart?” Jehonadab answered, “It is.” “If it is, give me your hand.” He gave him his hand and he took him up with him in the chariot.
16Then he said, “Come with me and see my zeal for Yahweh.” So they had him ride in his chariot.
17When he came to Samaria, he struck down all who remained to Ahab in Samaria until he had destroyed him, in accordance with the word of Yahweh that he spoke to Elijah.
18Then Jehu gathered all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve him a lot.
19So now call to me all the prophets of Baal, all of his worshipers, and all of his priests. Let none be absent, for I have a great sacrifice to Baal. Whoever is absent will not live.” But Jehu did it cunningly, in order to destroy the worshipers of Baal.
20And Jehu said, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal!” And they proclaimed it.
21Then Jehu sent throughout all Israel, and all the worshipers of Baal came so that there was not a man left that did not come. They came into the house of Baal, and the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other.
22And he said to the one who was Over the Wardrobe, “Bring out apparel for all the worshipers of Baal!” So he brought the apparel out to them.
23And Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the house of Baal. Then he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that none of the worshipers of Yahweh are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal.”
24Then they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed 80 men outside and said, “The one who lets anyone escape of the men whom I am bringing into your hand—his own life will be for his life.”
25And as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guards and to the officers, “Go in and strike them down! Let none escape!” So they struck them down with the mouth of the sword and the guards and the officers cast them aside and went into the interior of the house of Baal,
26and they brought out the standing-stones that were in the house of Baal and burned them.
27So they demolished the standing-stone of Baal and demolished the house of Baal and made it a latrine to this day.
28So Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
29However, from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat with which he made Israel sin, from these Jehu did not depart—that is, the golden calves which were in Bethel and in Dan.
30And Yahweh said to Jehu, “Because you have done well, doing what is right in my eyes, and you have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.”
32In those days Yahweh began to cut off territory from Israel. And Hazael struck them down throughout all the territory of Israel
33from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead—the Gadites and the Reubenites, and the Manassites—from Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, that is, Gilead and Bashan.
34Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did and all his mighty acts, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
35And Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place.
36The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was 28 years.