Bible: 2 Kings 1-17
Elijah Confronts the King and His Commanders
1:1 After Ahab died, Moab rebelled against Israel. 1 1:2 Ahaziah fell through a window lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria 2 and was injured. He sent messengers with these orders, 3 “Go, ask 4 Baal Zebub, 5 the god of Ekron, if I will survive this injury.”
1:3 But the
1:5 When the messengers returned to the king, 7 he asked them, “Why have you returned?” 1:6 They replied, 8 “A man came up to meet us. He told us, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, ‘This is what the
1:9 The king 16 sent a captain and his fifty soldiers 17 to retrieve Elijah. 18 The captain 19 went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill. 20 He told him, “Prophet, 21 the king says, ‘Come down!’” 1:10 Elijah replied to the captain, 22 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire then came down 23 from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
1:11 The king 24 sent another captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve Elijah. He went up and told him, 25 “Prophet, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’” 26 1:12 Elijah replied to them, 27 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire from God 28 came down from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
1:13 The king 29 sent a third captain and his fifty soldiers. This third captain went up and fell 30 on his knees before Elijah. He begged for mercy, “Prophet, please have respect for my life and for the lives of these fifty servants of yours. 1:14 Indeed, 31 fire came down from the sky and consumed the two captains who came before me, along with their men. 32 So now, please have respect for my life.” 1:15 The
1:16 Elijah 34 said to the king, 35 “This is what the
1:17 He died just as the
Elijah Makes a Swift Departure
2:1 Just before 41 the
2:4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, for the
2:6 Elijah said to him, “Stay here, for the
2:9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, 47 before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” 48 2:10 Elijah 49 replied, “That’s a difficult request! 50 If you see me taken from you, may it be so, but if you don’t, it will not happen.”
2:11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a fiery chariot 51 pulled by fiery horses appeared. 52 They went between Elijah and Elisha, 53 and Elijah went up to heaven in a windstorm. 2:12 While Elisha was watching, he was crying out, “My father, my father! The chariot and horsemen of Israel!” 54 Then he could no longer see him. He grabbed his clothes and tore them in two. 2:13 He picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen off him, and went back and stood on the shore of the Jordan. 2:14 He took the cloak that had fallen off Elijah, 55 hit the water with it, and said, “Where is the
2:15 When the members of the prophetic guild in Jericho, 56 who were standing at a distance, 57 saw him do this, they said, “The spirit that energized Elijah 58 rests upon Elisha.” They went to meet him and bowed down to the ground before him. 2:16 They said to him, “Look, there are fifty capable men with your servants. Let them go and look for your master, for the wind sent from the
Elisha Demonstrates His Authority
2:19 The men of the city said to Elisha, “Look, the city has a good location, as our 63 master can see. But the water is bad and the land doesn’t produce crops.” 64 2:20 Elisha 65 said, “Get me a new jar and put some salt in it.” So they got it. 2:21 He went out to the spring and threw the salt in. Then he said, “This is what the
2:23 He went up from there to Bethel. 69 As he was traveling up the road, some young boys 70 came out of the city and made fun of him, saying, “Go on up, baldy! Go on up, baldy!” 2:24 When he turned around and saw them, he called God’s judgment down on them. 71 Two female bears came out of the woods and ripped forty-two of the boys to pieces. 2:25 From there he traveled to Mount Carmel and then back to Samaria. 72
Moab Fights with Israel
3:1 In the eighteenth year of King Jehoshaphat’s reign over Judah, Ahab’s son Jehoram became king over Israel in Samaria; 73 he ruled for twelve years. 3:2 He did evil in the sight of 74 the
3:4 Now King Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder. 77 He would send as tribute 78 to the king of Israel 100,000 male lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams. 3:5 When Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 3:6 At that time King Jehoram left Samaria and assembled all Israel for war. 3:7 He sent 79 this message to King Jehoshaphat of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you fight with me against Moab?” Jehoshaphat 80 replied, “I will join you in the campaign; my army and horses are at your disposal.” 81 3:8 He then asked, “Which invasion route are we going to take?” 82 Jehoram 83 answered, “By the road through the Desert of Edom.” 3:9 So the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom 84 set out together. They wandered around on the road for seven days and finally ran out of water for the men and animals they had with them. 3:10 The king of Israel said, “Oh no! 85 Certainly the
3:13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why are you here? 89 Go to your father’s prophets or your mother’s prophets!” The king of Israel replied to him, “No, for the
3:20 Sure enough, the next morning, at the time of the morning sacrifice, water came flowing down from Edom and filled the land. 103 3:21 Now all Moab had heard that the kings were attacking, 104 so everyone old enough to fight was mustered and placed at the border. 105 3:22 When they got up early the next morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites, who were some distance away, the water looked red like blood. 3:23 The Moabites 106 said, “It’s blood! The kings are totally destroyed! 107 They have struck one another down! Now, Moab, seize the plunder!” 3:24 When they approached the Israelite camp, the Israelites rose up and struck down the Moabites, who then ran from them. The Israelites 108 thoroughly defeated 109 Moab. 3:25 They tore down the cities and each man threw a stone into every cultivated field until they were covered. 110 They stopped up every spring and chopped down every productive tree.
Only Kir Hareseth was left intact, 111 but the slingers surrounded it and attacked it. 3:26 When the king of Moab realized he was losing the battle, 112 he and 700 swordsmen tried to break through and attack 113 the king of Edom, but they failed. 3:27 So he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him up as a burnt sacrifice on the wall. There was an outburst of divine anger against Israel, 114 so they broke off the attack 115 and returned to their homeland.
Elisha Helps a Widow and Her Sons
4:1 Now a wife of one of the prophets 116 appealed 117 to Elisha for help, saying, “Your servant, my husband is dead. You know that your servant was a loyal follower of the
Elisha Gives Life to a Boy
4:8 One day Elisha traveled to Shunem, where a prominent 124 woman lived. She insisted that he stop for a meal. 125 So whenever he was passing through, he would stop in there for a meal. 126 4:9 She said to her husband, “Look, I’m sure 127 that the man who regularly passes through here is a very special prophet. 128 4:10 Let’s make a small private upper room 129 and furnish it with 130 a bed, table, chair, and lamp. When he visits us, he can stay there.”
4:11 One day Elisha 131 came for a visit; he went 132 into the upper room and rested. 133 4:12 He told his servant Gehazi, “Ask the Shunammite woman to come here.” 134 So he did so and she came to him. 135 4:13 Elisha said to Gehazi, 136 “Tell her, ‘Look, you have treated us with such great respect. 137 What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?’” She replied, “I’m quite secure.” 138 4:14 So he asked Gehazi, 139 “What can I do for her?” Gehazi replied, “She has no son, and her husband is old.” 4:15 Elisha told him, “Ask her to come here.” 140 So he did so 141 and she came and stood in the doorway. 142 4:16 He said, “About this time next year 143 you will be holding a son.” She said, “No, my master! O prophet, do not lie to your servant!” 4:17 The woman did conceive, and at the specified time the next year she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
4:18 The boy grew and one day he went out to see his father who was with the harvest workers. 144 4:19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father 145 told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 4:20 So he picked him up and took him to his mother. He sat on her lap 146 until noon and then died. 4:21 She went up and laid him down on the prophet’s 147 bed. She shut the door behind her and left. 4:22 She called to her husband, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, so I can go see the prophet quickly and then return.” 4:23 He said, “Why do you want to go see him today? It is not the new moon 148 or the Sabbath.” She said, “Everything’s fine.” 149 4:24 She saddled the donkey and told her servant, “Lead on. 150 Do not stop unless I say so.” 151
4:25 So she went to visit 152 the prophet at Mount Carmel. When he 153 saw her at a distance, he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, it’s the Shunammite woman. 4:26 Now, run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you well? Are your husband and the boy well?’” She told Gehazi, 154 “Everything’s fine.” 4:27 But when she reached the prophet on the mountain, she grabbed hold of his feet. Gehazi came near to push her away, but the prophet said, “Leave her alone, for she is very upset. 155 The
4:31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them. He placed the staff on the child’s face, but there was no sound or response. When he came back to Elisha 160 he told him, “The child did not wake up.” 4:32 When Elisha arrived at the house, there was 161 the child lying dead on his bed. 4:33 He went in by himself and closed the door. 162 Then he prayed to the
Elisha Makes a Meal Edible
4:38 Now Elisha went back to Gilgal, while there was famine in the land. Some of the prophets were visiting him 171 and he told his servant, “Put the big pot on the fire 172 and boil some stew for the prophets.” 173 4:39 Someone went out to the field to gather some herbs and found a wild vine. 174 He picked some of its fruit, 175 enough to fill up the fold of his robe. He came back, cut it up, and threw the slices 176 into the stew pot, not knowing they were harmful. 177 4:40 The stew was poured out 178 for the men to eat. When they ate some of the stew, they cried out, “Death is in the pot, O prophet!” They could not eat it. 4:41 He said, “Get some flour.” Then he threw it into the pot and said, “Now pour some out for the men so they may eat.” 179 There was no longer anything harmful in the pot.
Elisha Miraculously Feeds a Hundred People
4:42 Now a man from Baal Shalisha brought some food for the prophet 180 – twenty loaves of bread made from the firstfruits of the barley harvest, as well as fresh ears of grain. 181 Elisha 182 said, “Set it before the people so they may eat.” 4:43 But his attendant said, “How can I feed a hundred men with this?” 183 He replied, “Set it before the people so they may eat, for this is what the
Elisha Heals a Syrian General
5:1 Now Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria’s army, was esteemed and respected by his master, 186 for through him the
5:4 Naaman 189 went and told his master what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5:5 The king of Syria said, “Go! I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman 190 went, taking with him ten talents 191 of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, 192 and ten suits of clothes. 5:6 He brought the letter to king of Israel. It read: “This is a letter of introduction for my servant Naaman, 193 whom I have sent to be cured of his skin disease.” 5:7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill or restore life? Why does he ask me to cure a man of his skin disease? 194 Certainly you must see that he is looking for an excuse to fight me!” 195
5:8 When Elisha the prophet 196 heard that the king had torn his clothes, he sent this message to the king, “Why did you tear your clothes? Send him 197 to me so he may know there is a prophet in Israel.” 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood in the doorway of Elisha’s house. 5:10 Elisha sent out a messenger who told him, “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan; your skin will be restored 198 and you will be healed.” 5:11 Naaman went away angry. He said, “Look, I thought for sure he would come out, stand there, invoke the name of the
5:15 He and his entire entourage returned to the prophet. Naaman 206 came and stood before him. He said, “For sure 207 I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel! Now, please accept a gift from your servant.” 5:16 But Elisha 208 replied, “As certainly as the
When he had gone a short distance, 215 5:20 Gehazi, the prophet Elisha’s servant, thought, 216 “Look, my master did not accept what this Syrian Naaman offered him. 217 As certainly as the
5:25 When he came and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” He answered, “Your servant hasn’t been anywhere.” 5:26 Elisha 226 replied, “I was there in spirit when a man turned and got down from his chariot to meet you. 227 This is not the proper time to accept silver or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, sheep, cattle, and male and female servants. 228 5:27 Therefore Naaman’s skin disease will afflict 229 you and your descendants forever!” When Gehazi 230 went out from his presence, his skin was as white as snow. 231
Elisha Makes an Ax Head Float
6:1 Some of the prophets 232 said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you 233 is too cramped 234 for us. 6:2 Let’s go to the Jordan. Each of us will get a log from there and we will build a meeting place for ourselves there.” He said, “Go.” 6:3 One of them said, “Please come along with your servants.” He replied, “All right, I’ll come.” 6:4 So he went with them. When they arrived at the Jordan, they started cutting down trees. 6:5 As one of them was felling a log, the ax head 235 dropped into the water. He shouted, “Oh no, 236 my master! It was borrowed!” 6:6 The prophet 237 asked, “Where did it drop in?” When he showed him the spot, Elisha 238 cut off a branch, threw it in at that spot, and made the ax head float. 6:7 He said, “Lift it out.” So he reached out his hand and grabbed it.
Elisha Defeats an Army
6:8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade 239 at such and such 240 a place.” 6:9 But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.” 6:10 So the king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out, warning it 241 to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions. 242 6:11 This made the king of Syria upset. 243 So he summoned his advisers 244 and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.” 245 6:12 One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.” 6:13 The king 246 ordered, “Go, find out where he is, so I can send some men to capture him.” 247 The king was told, “He is in Dothan.” 6:14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army. 248 They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.
6:15 The prophet’s 249 attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, 250 “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” 6:16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” 251 6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O
6:20 When they had entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O
The Lord Saves Samaria
6:24 Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked 265 and besieged Samaria. 266 6:25 Samaria’s food supply ran out. 267 They laid siege to it so long that 268 a donkey’s head was selling for eighty shekels of silver 269 and a quarter of a kab 270 of dove’s droppings 271 for five shekels of silver. 272
6:26 While the king of Israel was passing by on the city wall, a woman shouted to him, “Help us, my master, O king!” 6:27 He replied, “No, let the
6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the community leaders. 277 The king 278 sent a messenger on ahead, but before he arrived, 279 Elisha 280 said to the leaders, 281 “Do you realize this assassin intends to cut off my head?” 282 Look, when the messenger arrives, shut the door and lean against it. His master will certainly be right behind him.” 283 6:33 He was still talking to them when 284 the messenger approached 285 and said, “Look, the
7:3 Now four men with a skin disease 293 were sitting at the entrance of the city gate. They said to one another, “Why are we just sitting here waiting to die? 294 7:4 If we go into the city, we’ll die of starvation, 295 and if we stay here we’ll die! So come on, let’s defect 296 to the Syrian camp! If they spare us, 297 we’ll live; if they kill us – well, we were going to die anyway.” 298 7:5 So they started toward 299 the Syrian camp at dusk. When they reached the edge of the Syrian camp, there was no one there. 7:6 The
7:12 The king got up in the night and said to his advisers, 310 “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know we are starving, so they left the camp and hid in the field, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will capture them alive and enter the city.’” 7:13 One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 311 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 312 7:14 So they picked two horsemen and the king sent them out to track the Syrian army. 313 He ordered them, “Go and find out what’s going on.” 314 7:15 So they tracked them 315 as far as the Jordan. The road was filled with clothes and equipment that the Syrians had discarded in their haste. 316 The scouts 317 went back and told the king. 7:16 Then the people went out and looted the Syrian camp. A seah 318 of finely milled flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, just as the
7:17 Now the king had placed the officer who was his right-hand man 320 at the city gate. When the people rushed out, they trampled him to death in the gate. 321 This fulfilled the prophet’s word which he had spoken when the king tried to arrest him. 322 7:18 The prophet told the king, “Two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel, and a seah of finely milled flour for a shekel; this will happen about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria.” 7:19 But the officer replied to the prophet, “Look, even if the
Elisha Again Helps the Shunammite Woman
8:1 Now Elisha advised the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “You and your family should go and live somewhere else for a while, 326 for the
Elisha Meets with Hazael
8:7 Elisha traveled to Damascus while King Ben Hadad of Syria was sick. The king 335 was told, “The prophet 336 has come here.” 8:8 So the king told Hazael, “Take a gift 337 and go visit the prophet. Request from him an oracle from the
Jehoram’s Reign over Judah
8:16 In the fifth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram became king over Judah. 353 8:17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem. 354 8:18 He followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel, just as Ahab’s dynasty had done, for he married Ahab’s daughter. 355 He did evil in the sight of 356 the
8:20 During his reign Edom freed themselves from Judah’s control and set up their own king. 359 8:21 Joram 360 crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 361 The Israelite army retreated to their homeland. 362 8:22 So Edom has remained free from Judah’s control to this very day. 363 At that same time Libnah also rebelled.
8:23 The rest of the events of Joram’s reign, including a record of his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 364 8:24 Joram passed away 365 and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.
Ahaziah Takes the Throne of Judah
8:25 In the twelfth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoram’s son Ahaziah became king over Judah. 8:26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for one year in Jerusalem. 366 His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter 367 of King Omri of Israel. 8:27 He followed in the footsteps of Ahab’s dynasty and did evil in the sight of 368 the
8:28 He joined Ahab’s son Joram in a battle against King Hazael of Syria at Ramoth Gilead in which the Syrians defeated Joram. 8:29 King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 370 in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit 371 Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he was ill.
Jehu Becomes King
9:1 Now Elisha the prophet summoned a member of the prophetic guild 372 and told him, “Tuck your robes into your belt, take this container 373 of olive oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead. 9:2 When you arrive there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi and take him aside into an inner room. 374 9:3 Take the container of olive oil, pour it over his head, and say, ‘This is what the
9:4 So the young prophet 377 went to Ramoth Gilead. 9:5 When he arrived, the officers of the army were sitting there. 378 So he said, “I have a message for you, O officer.” 379 Jehu asked, “For which one of us?” 380 He replied, “For you, O officer.” 9:6 So Jehu 381 got up and went inside. Then the prophet 382 poured the olive oil on his head and said to him, “This is what the
9:11 When Jehu rejoined 389 his master’s servants, they 390 asked him, “Is everything all right? 391 Why did this madman visit you?” He replied, “Ah, it’s not important. You know what kind of man he is and the kinds of things he says.” 392 9:12 But they said, “You’re lying! Tell us what he said.” So he told them what he had said. He also related how he had said, 393 “This is what the
Jehu the Assassin
Now Joram had been in Ramoth Gilead with the whole Israelite army, 398 guarding against an invasion by King Hazael of Syria. 9:15 But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 399 when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 400 Jehu told his supporters, 401 “If you really want me to be king, 402 then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.” 9:16 Jehu drove his chariot 403 to Jezreel, for Joram was recuperating 404 there. (Now King Ahaziah of Judah had come down to visit 405 Joram.)
9:17 Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel and saw Jehu’s troops approaching. 406 He said, “I see troops!” 407 Jehoram ordered, 408 “Send a rider out to meet them and have him ask, ‘Is everything all right?’” 409 9:18 So the horseman 410 went to meet him and said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is everything all right?’” 411 Jehu replied, “None of your business! 412 Follow me.” The watchman reported, “The messenger reached them, but hasn’t started back.” 9:19 So he sent a second horseman out to them 413 and he said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is everything all right?’” 414 Jehu replied, “None of your business! Follow me.” 9:20 The watchman reported, “He reached them, but hasn’t started back. The one who drives the lead chariot drives like Jehu son of Nimshi; 415 he drives recklessly.” 9:21 Jehoram ordered, “Hitch up my chariot.” 416 When his chariot had been hitched up, 417 King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah went out in their respective chariots 418 to meet Jehu. They met up with him 419 in the plot of land that had once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel.
9:22 When Jehoram saw Jehu, he asked, “Is everything all right, Jehu?” He replied, “How can everything be all right as long as your mother Jezebel promotes idolatry and pagan practices?” 420 9:23 Jehoram turned his chariot around and took off. 421 He said to Ahaziah, “It’s a trap, 422 Ahaziah!” 9:24 Jehu aimed his bow and shot an arrow right between Jehoram’s shoulders. 423 The arrow went through 424 his heart and he fell to his knees in his chariot. 9:25 Jehu ordered 425 his officer Bidkar, “Pick him up and throw him into the part of the field that once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel. Remember, you and I were riding together behind his father Ahab, when the
9:27 When King Ahaziah of Judah saw what happened, he took off 428 up the road to Beth Haggan. Jehu chased him and ordered, “Shoot him too.” They shot him while he was driving his chariot up the ascent of Gur near Ibleam. 429 He fled to Megiddo 430 and died there. 9:28 His servants took his body 431 back to Jerusalem 432 and buried him in his tomb with his ancestors in the city of David. 9:29 Ahaziah had become king over Judah in the eleventh year of Joram son of Ahab.
9:30 Jehu approached Jezreel. When Jezebel heard the news, she put on some eye liner, 433 fixed up her hair, and leaned out the window. 9:31 When Jehu came through the gate, she said, “Is everything all right, Zimri, murderer of his master?” 434 9:32 He looked up at the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three 435 eunuchs looked down at him. 9:33 He said, “Throw her down!” So they threw her down, and when she hit the ground, 436 her blood splattered against the wall and the horses, and Jehu drove his chariot over her. 437 9:34 He went inside and had a meal. 438 Then he said, “Dispose of this accursed woman’s corpse. Bury her, for after all, she was a king’s daughter.” 439 9:35 But when they went to bury her, they found nothing left but 440 the skull, feet, and palms of the hands. 9:36 When they went back and told him, he said, “The
Jehu Wipes Out Ahab’s Family
10:1 Ahab had seventy sons living in Samaria. 443 So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria to the leading officials of Jezreel and to the guardians of Ahab’s dynasty. This is what the letters said, 444 10:2 “You have with you the sons of your master, chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons. So when this letter arrives, 445 10:3 pick the best and most capable 446 of your master’s sons, place him on his father’s throne, and defend 447 your master’s dynasty.”
10:4 They were absolutely terrified 448 and said, “Look, two kings could not stop him! 449 How can we?” 450 10:5 So the palace supervisor, 451 the city commissioner, 452 the leaders, 453 and the guardians sent this message to Jehu, “We are your subjects! 454 Whatever you say, we will do. We will not make anyone king. Do what you consider proper.” 455
10:6 He wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are really on my side and are willing to obey me, 456 then take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel at this time tomorrow.” 457 Now the king had seventy sons, and the prominent 458 men of the city were raising them. 10:7 When they received the letter, they seized the king’s sons and executed all seventy of them. 459 They put their heads in baskets and sent them to him in Jezreel. 10:8 The messenger came and told Jehu, 460 “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” Jehu 461 said, “Stack them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.” 10:9 In the morning he went out and stood there. Then he said to all the people, “You are innocent. I conspired against my master and killed him. But who struck down all of these men? 10:10 Therefore take note that not one of the judgments the
10:12 Jehu then left there and set out for Samaria. 463 While he was traveling through Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 10:13 Jehu encountered 464 the relatives 465 of King Ahaziah of Judah. He asked, “Who are you?” They replied, “We are Ahaziah’s relatives. We have come down to see how 466 the king’s sons and the queen mother’s sons are doing.” 10:14 He said, “Capture them alive!” So they captured them alive and then executed all forty-two of them in the cistern at Beth Eked. He left no survivors.
10:15 When he left there, he met 467 Jehonadab, son of Rekab, who had been looking for him. 468 Jehu greeted him and asked, 469 “Are you as committed to me as I am to you?” 470 Jehonadab answered, “I am!” Jehu replied, “If so, give me your hand.” 471 So he offered his hand and Jehu 472 pulled him up into the chariot. 10:16 Jehu 473 said, “Come with me and see how zealous I am for the
Jehu Executes the Prophets and Priests of Baal
10:18 Jehu assembled all the people and said to them, “Ahab worshiped 478 Baal a little; Jehu will worship 479 him with great devotion. 480 10:19 So now, bring to me all the prophets of Baal, as well as all his servants and priests. 481 None of them must be absent, for I am offering a great sacrifice to Baal. Any of them who fail to appear will lose their lives.” But Jehu was tricking them 482 so he could destroy the servants of Baal. 10:20 Then Jehu ordered, “Make arrangements for 483 a celebration for Baal.” So they announced it. 10:21 Jehu sent invitations throughout Israel, and all the servants of Baal came; not one was absent. They arrived at the temple of Baal and filled it up from end to end. 484 10:22 Jehu ordered the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, 485 “Bring out robes for all the servants of Baal.” So he brought out robes for them. 10:23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab son of Rekab went to the temple of Baal. Jehu 486 said to the servants of Baal, “Make sure there are no servants of the
10:25 When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 489 and officers, “Come in and strike them down! Don’t let any escape!” So the royal guard and officers struck them down with the sword and left their bodies lying there. 490 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 491 10:26 They hauled out the sacred pillar of the temple of Baal and burned it. 10:27 They demolished 492 the sacred pillar of Baal and 493 the temple of Baal; it is used as 494 a latrine 495 to this very day. 10:28 So Jehu eradicated Baal worship 496 from Israel.
A Summary of Jehu’s Reign
10:29 However, Jehu did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam son of Nebat had encouraged Israel to commit; the golden calves remained in Bethel 497 and Dan. 498 10:30 The
10:32 In those days the
10:34 The rest of the events of Jehu’s reign, including all his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 505 10:35 Jehu passed away 506 and was buried in Samaria. 507 His son Jehoahaz replaced him as king. 10:36 Jehu reigned over Israel for twenty-eight years in Samaria.
Athaliah is Eliminated
11:1 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she was determined to destroy the entire royal line. 508 11:2 So Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked 509 him away from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. 510 So he was hidden from Athaliah and escaped execution. 511 11:3 He hid out with his nurse in the
11:4 In the seventh year Jehoiada summoned 513 the officers of the units of hundreds of the Carians 514 and the royal bodyguard. 515 He met with them 516 in the
11:9 The officers of the units of hundreds did just as 523 Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each of them took his men, those who were on duty during the Sabbath as well as those who were off duty on the Sabbath, and reported 524 to Jehoiada the priest. 11:10 The priest gave to the officers of the units of hundreds King David’s spears and the shields that were kept in the
11:13 When Athaliah heard the royal guard 530 shout, she joined the crowd 531 at the
11:17 Jehoiada then drew up a covenant between the
Joash’s Reign over Judah
11:21 545 Jehoash 546 was seven years old when he began to reign. 12:1 In Jehu’s seventh year Jehoash became king; he reigned for forty years in Jerusalem. 547 His mother was Zibiah, who was from Beer Sheba. 12:2 Throughout his lifetime Jehoash did what the
12:4 Jehoash said to the priests, “I place at your disposal 550 all the consecrated silver that has been brought to the
12:6 By the twenty-third year of King Jehoash’s reign the priests had still not repaired the damage to the temple. 12:7 So King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the priest along with the other priests, and said to them, “Why have you not repaired the damage to the temple? Now, take no more silver from your treasurers unless you intend to use it to repair the damage.” 555 12:8 The priests agreed 556 not to collect silver from the people and relieved themselves of personal responsibility for the temple repairs. 557
12:9 Jehoiada the priest took a chest and drilled a hole in its lid. He placed it on the right side of the altar near the entrance of 558 the
12:17 At that time King Hazael of Syria attacked 567 Gath and captured it. Hazael then decided to attack Jerusalem. 568 12:18 King Jehoash of Judah collected all the sacred items that his ancestors Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had consecrated, as well as his own sacred items and all the gold that could be found in the treasuries of the
12:19 The rest of the events of Joash’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 571 12:20 His servants conspired against him 572 and murdered Joash at Beth-Millo, on the road that goes down to Silla. 573 12:21 His servants Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer murdered him. 574 He was buried 575 with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Amaziah replaced him as king.
Jehoahaz’s Reign over Israel
13:1 In the twenty-third year of the reign of Judah’s King Joash son of Ahaziah, Jehu’s son Jehoahaz became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 576 for seventeen years. 13:2 He did evil in the sight of 577 the
13:4 Jehoahaz asked for the
13:8 The rest of the events of Jehoahaz’s reign, including all his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 596 13:9 Jehoahaz passed away 597 and was buried 598 in Samaria. His son Joash replaced him as king.
Jehoash’s Reign over Israel
13:10 In the thirty-seventh year of King Joash’s reign over Judah, Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 599 for sixteen years. 13:11 He did evil in the sight of 600 the
Elisha Makes One Final Prophecy
13:14 Now Elisha had a terminal illness. 607 King Joash of Israel went down to visit him. 608 He wept before him and said, “My father, my father! The chariot 609 and horsemen of Israel!” 610 13:15 Elisha told him, “Take a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. 611 13:16 Then Elisha 612 told the king of Israel, “Aim the bow.” 613 He did so, 614 and Elisha placed his hands on the king’s hands. 13:17 Elisha 615 said, “Open the east window,” and he did so. 616 Elisha said, “Shoot!” and
he did so. 617 Elisha 618 said, “This arrow symbolizes the victory the
13:20 Elisha died and was buried. 625 Moabite raiding parties invaded 626 the land at the beginning of the year. 627 13:21 One day some men 628 were burying a man when they spotted 629 a raiding party. So they threw the dead man 630 into Elisha’s tomb. When the body 631 touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man 632 came to life and stood on his feet.
13:22 Now King Hazael of Syria oppressed Israel throughout Jehoahaz’s reign. 633 13:23 But the
Amaziah’s Reign over Judah
14:1 In the second year of the reign of Israel’s King Joash son of Joahaz, 639 Joash’s 640 son Amaziah became king over Judah. 14:2 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. 641 His mother 642 was Jehoaddan, who was from Jerusalem. 14:3 He did what the
14:5 When he had secured control of the kingdom, 645 he executed the servants who had assassinated his father. 646 14:6 But he did not execute the sons of the assassins. He obeyed the
14:7 He defeated 651 10,000 Edomites in the Salt Valley; he captured Sela in battle and renamed it Joktheel, a name it has retained to this very day. 14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel. He said, “Come, let’s meet face to face.” 652 14:9 King Jehoash of Israel sent this message back to King Amaziah of Judah, “A thornbush in Lebanon sent this message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ Then a wild animal 653 of Lebanon came by and trampled down the thorn. 654 14:10 You thoroughly defeated Edom 655 and it has gone to your head! 656 Gloat over your success, 657 but stay in your palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and Judah along with you?” 658 14:11 But Amaziah would not heed the warning, 659 so King Jehoash of Israel attacked. 660 He and King Amaziah of Judah met face to face 661 in Beth Shemesh of Judah. 14:12 Judah was defeated by Israel, and each man ran back home. 662 14:13 King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, in Beth Shemesh. He 663 attacked 664 Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 665 14:14 He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in the
( 14:15 The rest of the events of Jehoash’s 668 reign, including all his accomplishments and his successful war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 669 14:16 Jehoash passed away 670 and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. His son Jeroboam replaced him as king.)
14:17 King Amaziah son of Joash of Judah lived for fifteen years after the death of King Jehoash son of Jehoahaz of Israel. 14:18 The rest of the events of Amaziah’s reign are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 671 14:19 Conspirators plotted against him in Jerusalem, 672 so he fled to Lachish. But they sent assassins after him 673 and they killed him there. 14:20 His body was carried back by horses 674 and he was buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the city of David. 14:21 All the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in his father Amaziah’s place. 14:22 Azariah 675 built up Elat and restored it to Judah after the king 676 had passed away. 677
Jeroboam II’s Reign over Israel
14:23 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Judah’s King Amaziah, son of Joash, Jeroboam son of Joash became king over Israel. He reigned for forty-one years in Samaria. 678 14:24 He did evil in the sight of 679 the
14:28 The rest of the events of Jeroboam’s reign, including all his accomplishments, his military success in restoring Israelite control over Damascus and Hamath, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 687 14:29 Jeroboam passed away 688 and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. 689 His son Zechariah replaced him as king.
Azariah’s Reign over Judah
15:1 In the twenty-seventh year of King Jeroboam’s reign over Israel, Amaziah’s son Azariah became king over Judah. 15:2 He was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. 690 His mother’s name was Jecholiah, who was from Jerusalem. 15:3 He did what the
15:6 The rest of the events of Azariah’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 694 15:7 Azariah passed away 695 and was buried 696 with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Jotham replaced him as king.
Zechariah’s Reign over Israel
15:8 In the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Jeroboam’s son Zechariah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 697 for six months. 15:9 He did evil in the sight of 698 the
15:13 Shallum son of Jabesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of King Uzziah’s 705 reign over Judah. He reigned for one month 706 in Samaria. 15:14 Menahem son of Gadi went up from Tirzah to 707 Samaria and attacked Shallum son of Jabesh. 708 He killed him and took his place as king. 15:15 The rest of the events of Shallum’s reign, including the conspiracy he organized, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 709 15:16 At that time Menahem came from Tirzah and attacked Tiphsah. He struck down all who lived in the city and the surrounding territory, because they would not surrender. 710 He even ripped open the pregnant women.
Menahem’s Reign over Israel
15:17 In the thirty-ninth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king over Israel. He reigned for twelve years in Samaria. 711 15:18 He did evil in the sight of 712 the
During his reign, 15:19 Pul 715 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem paid 716 him 717 a thousand talents 718 of silver to gain his support 719 and to solidify his control of the kingdom. 720 15:20 Menahem got this silver by taxing all the wealthy men in Israel; he took fifty shekels of silver from each one of them and paid it to the king of Assyria. 721 Then the king of Assyria left; he did not stay there in the land.
15:21 The rest of the events of Menahem’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 722 15:22 Menahem passed away 723 and his son Pekahiah replaced him as king.
Pekahiah’s Reign over Israel
15:23 In the fiftieth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Menahem’s son Pekahiah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 724 for two years. 15:24 He did evil in the sight of 725 the
15:26 The rest of the events of Pekahiah’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 728
Pekah’s Reign over Israel
15:27 In the fifty-second year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Pekah son of Remaliah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 729 for twenty years. 15:28 He did evil in the sight of 730 the
15:31 The rest of the events of Pekah’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 735
Jotham’s Reign over Judah
15:32 In the second year of the reign of Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah, Uzziah’s son Jotham became king over Judah. 15:33 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. 736 His mother was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. 15:34 He did what the
15:36 The rest of the events of Jotham’s reign, including his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 738 15:37 In those days the
Ahaz’s Reign over Judah
16:1 In the seventeenth year of the reign of Pekah son of Remaliah, Jotham’s son Ahaz became king over Judah. 16:2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. 741 He did not do what pleased the
16:5 At that time King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel attacked Jerusalem. 746 They besieged Ahaz, 747 but were unable to conquer him. 748 16:6 (At that time King Rezin of Syria 749 recovered Elat for Syria; he drove the Judahites from there. 750 Syrians 751 arrived in Elat and live there to this very day.) 16:7 Ahaz sent messengers to King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your dependent. 752 March up and rescue me from the power 753 of the king of Syria and the king of Israel, who have attacked 754 me.” 16:8 Then Ahaz took the silver and gold that were 755 in the
16:10 When King Ahaz went to meet with King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria in Damascus, he saw the altar there. 760 King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a drawing of the altar and a blueprint for its design. 761 16:11 Uriah the priest built an altar in conformity to the plans King Ahaz had sent from Damascus. 762 Uriah the priest finished it before King Ahaz arrived back from Damascus. 763 16:12 When the king arrived back from Damascus and 764 saw the altar, he approached it 765 and offered a sacrifice on it. 766 16:13 He offered his burnt sacrifice and his grain offering. He poured out his libation and sprinkled the blood from his peace offerings on the altar. 16:14 He moved the bronze altar that stood in the
16:17 King Ahaz took off the frames of the movable stands, and removed the basins from them. He took “The Sea” 771 down from the bronze bulls that supported it 772 and put it on the pavement. 16:18 He also removed the Sabbath awning 773 that had been built 774 in the temple and the king’s outer entranceway, on account of the king of Assyria. 775
16:19 The rest of the events of Ahaz’s reign, including his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 776 16:20 Ahaz passed away 777 and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Hezekiah replaced him as king.
Hoshea’s Reign over Israel
17:1 In the twelfth year of King Ahaz’s reign over Judah, Hoshea son of Elah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 778 for nine years. 17:2 He did evil in the sight of 779 the
A Summary of Israel’s Sinful History
17:7 This happened because the Israelites sinned against the
17:18 So the
The King of Assyria Populates Israel with Foreigners
17:24 The king of Assyria brought foreigners 817 from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and settled them in the cities of Samaria 818 in place of the Israelites. They took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities. 17:25 When they first moved in, 819 they did not worship 820 the
17:29 But each of these nations made 827 its own gods and put them in the shrines on the high places that the people of Samaria 828 had made. Each nation did this in the cities where they lived. 17:30 The people from Babylon made Succoth Benoth, 829 the people from Cuth made Nergal, 830 the people from Hamath made Ashima, 831 17:31 the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, 832 and the Sepharvites burned their sons in the fire as an offering to Adrammelech and Anammelech, 833 the gods of Sepharvaim. 17:32 At the same time they worshiped 834 the
17:34 To this very day they observe their earlier practices. They do not worship 837 the