Bible: 2 Kings 10:1-11

Jehu Wipes Out Ahab’s Family

10:1 Ahab had seventy sons living in Samaria. 1  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, 2  10:2 You have with you the sons of your master, chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons. So when this letter arrives, 3  10:3 pick the best and most capable 4  of your master’s sons, place him on his father’s throne, and defend 5  your master’s dynasty.”

10:4 They were absolutely terrified 6  and said, “Look, two kings could not stop him! 7  How can we? 8  10:5 So the palace supervisor, 9  the city commissioner, 10  the leaders, 11  and the guardians sent this message to Jehu, “We are your subjects! 12  Whatever you say, we will do. We will not make anyone king. Do what you consider proper.” 13 

10:6 He wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are really on my side and are willing to obey me, 14  then take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel at this time tomorrow.” 15  Now the king had seventy sons, and the prominent 16  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. 17  They put their heads in baskets and sent them to him in Jezreel. 10:8 The messenger came and told Jehu, 18  “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” Jehu 19  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 Lord announced against Ahab’s dynasty has failed to materialize. The Lord had done what he announced through his servant Elijah.” 20  10:11 Then Jehu killed all who were left of Ahab’s family in Jezreel, and all his nobles, close friends, and priests. He left no survivors.

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