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said, To thee, O captain. 6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus g saith the Lord God of Israel, I h have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. 7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge i the blood of my servants k the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish : and l I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up m and left in Israel. 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam n the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha o the son of Ahijah : 10 And p the dogs shall east Jezehel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fied. 11 * Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord : and one said unto him, Is all well ? Wherefore came this mad q fellow to thee ? And he said unto them, Ye know the Inan, and his communication. 12 And they said, It is false ; tell ths now. he said, Thus r and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. 13. Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, s and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew t with trumpets, saying, Jehu ? is king. 14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. ... (Now Joram had kept Ramoth-gilead, he and all go because of Hazaei king of

Wrlä. 15 But king & Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds to which the Syrians 4 had #: him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then 5 let


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Jehu killeth Jehoram.

none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. 16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; (for Joram lay there.) And Ahaziah, king of Judah was come down to see Joram. 17 And there stood a watchman v . on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace w 18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace 4 Turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again. 19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast throu to do with peace o Turn thee behind me. 20 And the watchman told, says ing, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the 6 driving ts like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth 7 furiously. ac 21 And Joram said, 8 Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel, and Ahaziah king of Judah, went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and 9 met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu ? And he answered, What y peace, so long as the whoredorns of thy mother Jezebelz and her witchcrafts are so many 23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah 24 Andjehu is drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he 11 sunk down in his chariot. 25. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite : for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the Lord laid this burden upon him ; a 26 Surely I have seen yesterday 13the blood of Nahoth, and the blood of his sons, saith the Lord ; and b I will requite thee in this 13 plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD,

Ahaziah slain.

27 's But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden-house. , And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, c and died there. 28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David. 29 And d in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah. 30 " And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she 14 painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. 31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zinuri e peace, who slew his master? 32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side who And there looked out to him two or three 15 eunuchs. 33. And he said, Throw her down. Soohey threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. 34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter? 35 And they went to bury her : but g they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 36 Wherefore o, came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake 16 by his servant Elijah the ishbite, saying, h In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel : 37 And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung i upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is

Jezebel. CHAPTER X. Jehu by his letters causeth seventy of Ahab's children to be beheaded. ND Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to 1 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 Food 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

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Ahaziah’s brethren slain.

4 But they were , exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two a 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 b 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 2 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 c seventy d persons, and put their heads e 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 Fo Ye be righteous: behold, I f conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these ? 10 Know now that there shall fall gunto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake h concerning the house of Ahab : for the LORD hath done that which he spake 3 by his servant

1Jan. 11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his 4 kinsfolks i and his priests, until k he left him none remaining. 12 *| And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. as he was at the 5 shearing-house in the


Way, ochu 6 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 7 salute the children of the king, and the childrem of the queen. 14 And he said, Take them alive.l And they m 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 T And when he was departed

Worshippers of Baal destroyed. 2 KINGS, XI. thence, he 8 lighted on Jehonadabn

the soil of Rechab, o coming to meet him ; and he 9 saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with o heart? And Jehomadab answered, It is. If it be, give p me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. 36 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal g for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he slew all r that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake s to Elijah. 18 of And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab t served Baal, a little, but Jehu shall serve him much. 19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets w of Baal, all his ser– vants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shai notive. But Jehu did it in subtlety, w to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, 10 Proclaim a solemn assembly, for Baal. And they proclaimed it. d 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 w of Baal; and the house was 11 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 Daal. And he brought them forth vestments. 23 And Jehu went, and a Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of 13aal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORI), but y the worshippers of Baal only. 24 And when they went in to of— fer sacrifices and burnt-offerings, Jehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, If any of the

men whom I have brought into l

our hands escape, he that letteth

im go, his zlife 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 a them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the 12 edge of the sword; and the

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Hazael oppresseth Israel. out, and went to the city of the

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26 And they brought forth the 13 images b of the house of Baal, and burned c them. 27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and d made it a draught-house unto this day. 28. Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. 29 "I 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 calvese that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan. 30 And the IORD said unto Jehu, Because f 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 more heart, thy children of the fourth g (,”neration shall sit on the throne of Israel. 31 But Jehu 14 took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: Or he departed not from the i sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin. 32 *|| In those days the LORD began 15 to cut Israel short : and HaZael ksmote them in all the coasts of Israel; 33 From Jordan 16 eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, (which is by the river Arnon,) 17 even Gilead l 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 7 35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead. 36 And 18 the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years.


13 Athaliah slain. 17 Jehoiada restoreth the worship of God. ND awhen Athaliah the mother b of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose, and destroyed all the I seed royal. 2 But 2. Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took 8 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 bed-chamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. 3 And lie was with her hid in the Joash anointed king.

house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land. . 4 *|| And c 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 showed 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 d 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, 4 that it be not broken down. 7 And two 5 parts of all of you that go forth on the Sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king. 8 And ye shall compass the king round 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 im. 9 And the captains e 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, f 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 6 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 g upon him, and h gave him the testimony ; and they made him king, and anointed i him; and they clappedk their hands, and said, 7 God l save the king. 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 m 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 and blew n with trumpets: and Athaliah rent herclothes,and cried, Treason, Treason 15 But Jehoiada the priest com


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c 2Ch. 23.1, &c. d ch. 16.18. 4 or, from breaking 14p. 5 hands, or, companies, e 1Ch. 26.26. f2Sam.8.7. 6 shoulder. g Ps.21.3. h De. 17. 182

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t ch.10.26,27. to Deut. 12.3. u Zec. 13,2,3. 8 offices. w Pr. i 1.10. 29.2. (CHAP. 12.) a 2Ch. 24.1, &c. b ch. 14.4. IKi. 15. 14. 22.43. Jer, 2.20. 1 holinesses, or, holy things. c ch. 22.4. Ex.30. 13. 2 of the souls of his estirnation, Le.27.2. 3 ascendeth upon the heart of a 771&11, d Ex.35.5.

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manded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth o 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 p 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 slain.g 17 *|| And Jehoiada made a covenant r between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD's speople: between the king also and the people. 18 And all the people of the land went into the house t of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images to brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew v Mattan the priest of Baal, before the altars. And the o: appointed 8 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, w and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house. 21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.

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£/E0?&lo. N a 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 b the high places were not taken away : the people still sacri. ficed and burnt incense in the high places. 4 *| And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the 1 dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money c of every one that passeth the account, the money 2 that every man is set at, and all the money that 8 cometh into any man's heart d 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.

The repair of the temple. 6 But it was so, that, 4 in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash, the priests had not repaired the breaches of the louse. r 7 Then e 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 hut 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 5 door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. 0 And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's 6 scribe and the high priest came up, and they 7 put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the

RD. 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 8 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 I.ORD, and for all that 9 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, basins, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD : 14 But they gaye that to the workmen, and repaired there with the house of the LORD. 15 Moreover they freckoned not with the men into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully. -- 16 The trespass-money g and sinmoney was not brought into the house of the LORD : it h was the priests’. 17 || Then i Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought o Gath. and took it: and Hazael set his face togo up to Jerusalem. 18 And Jehoash king of Judah tookk all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and


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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 10 away from Jerusalem. 19 of 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 of Judah 20 And his servants l arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew joush in 11 the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla. 21 For Jozacharm 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. CHAPTER XIII. . . Jehoahaz's wicked reign. I. ! the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and 2 followed the sins of Jeroboam the son 9f Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom. 3 of And a the anger of the LoRD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Iazaelb king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of HaZael, all their days. 4 And Jehoahaz besought c the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him : for he d saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them. w And the LORD gave Israel a e Saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as 3 beforetime. 6 Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboani, who made Israel sin, but 4 walked therein: and there 5 remained the grove also fin Samaria.) 7 Neil her did he leave of the peo. ple to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them,and had made them like the dtist by threshing.g 8 *| Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not, written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 9 And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in

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