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Jehu Anointed King of Israel

1Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tuck your cloak under your belt and take this vial of oil in your hand and go to Ramoth-gilead.
  2When you arrive there, find Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi; and when you have come, have him rise up from among his brothers and take him to an inner room.
  3Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, ‘This is what Yahweh says: “I have anointed you king over Israel.”’ Then open the door and flee; do not linger.”
  4So the young man, the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead.

5When he came, behold, the commanders of the army were sitting. Then he said, “I have a message for you, O commander.” And Jehu said, “To which one of us?” He said, “To you, O commander.”

6So he arose and went into the house. Then he poured the oil on his head and said to him, “This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of Yahweh; over Israel.
  7You are to strike down the house of Ahab your lord so that I avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of Yahweh at the hand of Jezebel.
  8For the whole house of Ahab will perish. I will cut off from Ahab everyone who pisses against a wall, both him who is slave or free in Israel.
  9I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah.
  10As for Jezebel, the dogs will eat her on the plot of ground of Jezreel and there will be no one to bury her!’” Then he opened the door and fled.

11Then Jehu came out to the servants of his lord, and one said to him, “Is it peace? Why did this madman come to you?” So he said to them, “You know the man and his talk!”

12They said, “That is not true! Now tell us.” So he said, “Like this and like that he said to me, saying, ‘This is what Yahweh says: I have anointed you king over Israel.’”

13Then they hurried and each man took his cloak and put it under him on the bare stairs and blew the shofar, saying, “Jehu reigns as king!”

Jehu Kills Joram and Ahaziah

14So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had been defending Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria;
  15but King Joram had returned to be healed in Jezreel from the wounds with which the Syrians had wounded him when he fought with Hazael king of Syria). Jehu said, “If that is your desire, then do not let anyone escape and go out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.”

16Then Jehu rode in a chariot and went to Jezreel, for Joram was lying there. And Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to see Joram.
  17Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came and said, “I see a company!” Joram said, “Take a horseman and send him to meet them and have him say, ‘Is it peace?’”

18So one went on horseback to meet him and said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is it peace?’” And Jehu said, “What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!” The watchman said, “The messenger went to them, but he is not coming back.”

19Then he sent out a second one on horseback who came to them and said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is it peace?’” And Jehu answered, “What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me!”

20Then the watchman said, “He came to them but is not coming back. And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.”

21Joram said, “Harness my chariot!” And they harnessed his chariot. Then Joram king of Israel went out, and Ahaziah king of Judah, each in his chariot. And they went out toward Jehu and met him on the property of Naboth the Jezreelite.
  22And when Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” And he answered, “How can there be peace so long as the prostitutions of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft abound?”

23Joram turned his hands about and fled, and said to Ahaziah, “Treason, Ahaziah!”

24Jehu drew his bow with his full strength and struck Joram between his shoulders, and the arrow came out through his heart and he slumped down in his chariot.
  25Then Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, “Pick him up and throw him on the plot of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite, for remember how when you and I rode together after Ahab his father, Yahweh laid this pronouncement on him:
  26‘Surely yesterday I have seen the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons, declares Yahweh, and I will repay you on this plot of ground, says Yahweh.’ So now take him and throw him onto the plot of ground, in accordance with the word of Yahweh.”

27Now when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the road to Beth-haggan. But Jehu followed after him and said, “Kill him too!” And they struck him in his chariot at the ascent of Gur that is by Ibleam, and he fled to Megiddo and died there.
  28His servants brought him in a chariot to Jerusalem and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the city of David.
  29In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah had begun to reign over Judah.

Jehu Kills Jezebel

30When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it and she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window.
  31As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Do you come in peace, Zimri, killer of his lord?”

32But he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” And two or three eunuchs looked out at him.
  33And he said, “Throw her down!” So they threw her down, and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall and on the horses. Then he trampled her.

34Then he came in and ate and drank. Then he said, “Take care of this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.”
  35And they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.
  36So they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of Yahweh that he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘The dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel on the plot of ground in Jezreel
  37and the corpse of Jezebel will be like dung on the face of the field in the plot of ground in Jezreel so that no one will be able to say, “This is Jezebel.”’”

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