Bible: 2 Kings 10:12-28

10:12 Jehu then left there and set out for Samaria. 1  While he was traveling through Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 10:13 Jehu encountered 2  the relatives 3  of King Ahaziah of Judah. He asked, “Who are you?” They replied, “We are Ahaziah’s relatives. We have come down to see how 4  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 5  Jehonadab, son of Rekab, who had been looking for him. 6  Jehu greeted him and asked, 7 Are you as committed to me as I am to you?” 8  Jehonadab answered, “I am!” Jehu replied, “If so, give me your hand.” 9  So he offered his hand and Jehu 10  pulled him up into the chariot. 10:16 Jehu 11  said, “Come with me and see how zealous I am for the Lord’s cause.” 12  So he 13  took him along in his chariot. 10:17 He went to Samaria and exterminated all the members of Ahab’s family who were still alive in Samaria, 14  just as the Lord had announced to Elijah. 15 

Jehu Executes the Prophets and Priests of Baal

10:18 Jehu assembled all the people and said to them, “Ahab worshiped 16  Baal a little; Jehu will worship 17  him with great devotion. 18  10:19 So now, bring to me all the prophets of Baal, as well as all his servants and priests. 19  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 20  so he could destroy the servants of Baal. 10:20 Then Jehu ordered, “Make arrangements for 21  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. 22  10:22 Jehu ordered the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, 23 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 24  said to the servants of Baal, “Make sure there are no servants of the Lord here with you; there must be only servants of Baal.” 25  10:24 They went inside to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed eighty men outside. He had told them, “If any of the men inside get away, you will pay with your lives! 26 

10:25 When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 27  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. 28  Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 29  10:26 They hauled out the sacred pillar of the temple of Baal and burned it. 10:27 They demolished 30  the sacred pillar of Baal and 31  the temple of Baal; it is used as 32  a latrine 33  to this very day. 10:28 So Jehu eradicated Baal worship 34  from Israel.

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