8 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, 1 for the Lord has decreed that a famine will overtake the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman did as the prophet said. 2 She and her family went and lived in the land of the Philistines for seven years. 3 After seven years the woman returned from the land of the Philistines and went to ask the king to give her back her house and field. 3 4 Now the king was talking to Gehazi, the prophet’s 4 servant, and said, “Tell me all the great things which Elisha has done.” 5 While Gehazi 5 was telling the king how Elisha 6 had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son he had brought back to life came to ask the king for her house and field. 7 Gehazi said, “My master, O king, this is the very woman and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!” 6 The king asked the woman about it, and she gave him the details. 8 The king assigned a eunuch to take care of her request and ordered him, 9 “Give her back everything she owns, as well as the amount of crops her field produced from the day she left the land until now.”
7 Elisha traveled to Damascus while King Ben Hadad of Syria was sick. The king 10 was told, “The prophet 11 has come here.” 8 So the king told Hazael, “Take a gift 12 and go visit the prophet. Request from him an oracle from the Lord. Ask him, 13 ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” 9 So Hazael went to visit Elisha. 14 He took along a gift, 15 as well as 16 forty camel loads of all the fine things of Damascus. When he arrived, he stood before him and said, “Your son, 17 King Ben Hadad of Syria, has sent me to you with this question, 18 ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’” 10 Elisha said to him, “Go and tell him, ‘You will surely recover,’ 19 but the Lord has revealed to me that he will surely die.” 11 Elisha 20 just stared at him until Hazael became uncomfortable. 21 Then the prophet started crying. 12 Hazael asked, “Why are you crying, my master?” He replied, “Because I know the trouble you will cause the Israelites. You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, smash their children to bits, and rip open their pregnant women.” 13 Hazael said, “How could your servant, who is as insignificant as a dog, accomplish this great military victory?” 22 Elisha answered, “The Lord has revealed to me that you will be the king of Syria.” 23 14 He left Elisha and went to his master. Ben Hadad 24 asked him, “What did Elisha tell you?” Hazael 25 replied, “He told me you would surely recover.” 15 The next day Hazael 26 took a piece of cloth, dipped it in water, and spread it over Ben Hadad’s 27 face until he died. Then Hazael replaced him as king.
16 In the fifth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram became king over Judah. 28 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem. 29 18 He followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel, just as Ahab’s dynasty had done, for he married Ahab’s daughter. 30 He did evil in the sight of 31 the Lord. 19 But the Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah. He preserved Judah for the sake of 32 his servant David to whom he had promised a perpetual dynasty. 33
20 During his reign Edom freed themselves from Judah’s control and set up their own king. 34 21 Joram 35 crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 36 The Israelite army retreated to their homeland. 37 22 So Edom has remained free from Judah’s control to this very day. 38 At that same time Libnah also rebelled.
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. 39 24 Joram passed away 40 and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.
25 In the twelfth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoram’s son Ahaziah became king over Judah. 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for one year in Jerusalem. 41 His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter 42 of King Omri of Israel. 27 He followed in the footsteps of Ahab’s dynasty and did evil in the sight of 43 the Lord, like Ahab’s dynasty, for he was related to Ahab’s family. 44
28 He joined Ahab’s son Joram in a battle against King Hazael of Syria at Ramoth Gilead in which the Syrians defeated Joram. 29 King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 45 in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit 46 Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he was ill.
9 Now Elisha the prophet summoned a member of the prophetic guild 1 and told him, “Tuck your robes into your belt, take this container 2 of olive oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead. 2 When you arrive there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi and take him aside into an inner room. 3 3 Take the container of olive oil, pour it over his head, and say, ‘This is what the Lord says, “I have designated 4 you as king over Israel.”’ Then open the door and run away quickly!” 5
4 So the young prophet 6 went to Ramoth Gilead. 5 When he arrived, the officers of the army were sitting there. 7 So he said, “I have a message for you, O officer.” 8 Jehu asked, “For which one of us?” 9 He replied, “For you, O officer.” 6 So Jehu 10 got up and went inside. Then the prophet 11 poured the olive oil on his head and said to him, “This is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘I have designated you as king over the Lord’s people Israel. 7 You will destroy the family of your master Ahab. 12 I will get revenge against Jezebel for the shed blood of my servants the prophets and for the shed blood of all the Lord’s servants. 13 8 Ahab’s entire family will die. I 14 will cut off every last male belonging to Ahab in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. 15 9 I will make Ahab’s dynasty 16 like those of Jeroboam son of Nebat and Baasha son of Ahijah. 10 Dogs will devour Jezebel on the plot of ground in Jezreel; she will not be buried.’” 17 Then he opened the door and ran away.
11 When Jehu rejoined 18 his master’s servants, they 19 asked him, “Is everything all right? 20 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.” 21 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, 22 “This is what the Lord says, ‘I have designated you as king over Israel.’” 13 Each of them quickly took off his cloak and they spread them out at Jehu’s 23 feet on the steps. 24 The trumpet was blown 25 and they shouted, “Jehu is 26 king!” 14 Then Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against Joram.
Now Joram had been in Ramoth Gilead with the whole Israelite army, 27 guarding against an invasion by King Hazael of Syria. 15 But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 28 when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 29 Jehu told his supporters, 30 “If you really want me to be king, 31 then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.” 16 Jehu drove his chariot 32 to Jezreel, for Joram was recuperating 33 there. (Now King Ahaziah of Judah had come down to visit 34 Joram.)
17 Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel and saw Jehu’s troops approaching. 35 He said, “I see troops!” 36 Jehoram ordered, 37 “Send a rider out to meet them and have him ask, ‘Is everything all right?’” 38 18 So the horseman 39 went to meet him and said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is everything all right?’” 40 Jehu replied, “None of your business! 41 Follow me.” The watchman reported, “The messenger reached them, but hasn’t started back.” 19 So he sent a second horseman out to them 42 and he said, “This is what the king says, ‘Is everything all right?’” 43 Jehu replied, “None of your business! Follow me.” 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; 44 he drives recklessly.” 21 Jehoram ordered, “Hitch up my chariot.” 45 When his chariot had been hitched up, 46 King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah went out in their respective chariots 47 to meet Jehu. They met up with him 48 in the plot of land that had once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel.
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?” 49 23 Jehoram turned his chariot around and took off. 50 He said to Ahaziah, “It’s a trap, 51 Ahaziah!” 24 Jehu aimed his bow and shot an arrow right between Jehoram’s shoulders. 52 The arrow went through 53 his heart and he fell to his knees in his chariot. 25 Jehu ordered 54 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 Lord pronounced this judgment on him, 26 ‘“Know for sure that I saw the shed blood of Naboth and his sons yesterday,” says the Lord, “and that I will give you what you deserve right here in this plot of land,” 55 says the Lord.’ So now pick him up and throw him into this plot of land, just as the Lord said.” 56
27 When King Ahaziah of Judah saw what happened, he took off 57 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. 58 He fled to Megiddo 59 and died there. 28 His servants took his body 60 back to Jerusalem 61 and buried him in his tomb with his ancestors in the city of David. 29 Ahaziah had become king over Judah in the eleventh year of Joram son of Ahab.
30 Jehu approached Jezreel. When Jezebel heard the news, she put on some eye liner, 62 fixed up her hair, and leaned out the window. 31 When Jehu came through the gate, she said, “Is everything all right, Zimri, murderer of his master?” 63 32 He looked up at the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three 64 eunuchs looked down at him. 33 He said, “Throw her down!” So they threw her down, and when she hit the ground, 65 her blood splattered against the wall and the horses, and Jehu drove his chariot over her. 66 34 He went inside and had a meal. 67 Then he said, “Dispose of this accursed woman’s corpse. Bury her, for after all, she was a king’s daughter.” 68 35 But when they went to bury her, they found nothing left but 69 the skull, feet, and palms of the hands. 36 When they went back and told him, he said, “The Lord’s word through his servant, Elijah the Tishbite, has come to pass. He warned, 70 ‘In the plot of land at Jezreel, dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh. 37 Jezebel’s corpse will be like manure on the surface of the ground in the plot of land at Jezreel. People will not be able to even recognize her.’” 71
10 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 2 “You have with you the sons of your master, chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons. So when this letter arrives, 3 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.”
4 They were absolutely terrified 6 and said, “Look, two kings could not stop him! 7 How can we?” 8 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
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. 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. 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.” 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 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 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.
12 Jehu then left there and set out for Samaria. 21 While he was traveling through Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 13 Jehu encountered 22 the relatives 23 of King Ahaziah of Judah. He asked, “Who are you?” They replied, “We are Ahaziah’s relatives. We have come down to see how 24 the king’s sons and the queen mother’s sons are doing.” 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.
15 When he left there, he met 25 Jehonadab, son of Rekab, who had been looking for him. 26 Jehu greeted him and asked, 27 “Are you as committed to me as I am to you?” 28 Jehonadab answered, “I am!” Jehu replied, “If so, give me your hand.” 29 So he offered his hand and Jehu 30 pulled him up into the chariot. 16 Jehu 31 said, “Come with me and see how zealous I am for the Lord’s cause.” 32 So he 33 took him along in his chariot. 17 He went to Samaria and exterminated all the members of Ahab’s family who were still alive in Samaria, 34 just as the Lord had announced to Elijah. 35
18 Jehu assembled all the people and said to them, “Ahab worshiped 36 Baal a little; Jehu will worship 37 him with great devotion. 38 19 So now, bring to me all the prophets of Baal, as well as all his servants and priests. 39 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 40 so he could destroy the servants of Baal. 20 Then Jehu ordered, “Make arrangements for 41 a celebration for Baal.” So they announced it. 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. 42 22 Jehu ordered the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, 43 “Bring out robes for all the servants of Baal.” So he brought out robes for them. 23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab son of Rekab went to the temple of Baal. Jehu 44 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.” 45 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!” 46
25 When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 47 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. 48 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 49 26 They hauled out the sacred pillar of the temple of Baal and burned it. 27 They demolished 50 the sacred pillar of Baal and 51 the temple of Baal; it is used as 52 a latrine 53 to this very day. 28 So Jehu eradicated Baal worship 54 from Israel.
29 However, Jehu did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam son of Nebat had encouraged Israel to commit; the golden calves remained in Bethel 55 and Dan. 56 30 The Lord said to Jehu, “You have done well. You have accomplished my will and carried out my wishes with regard to Ahab’s dynasty. Therefore four generations of your descendants will rule over Israel.” 57 31 But Jehu did not carefully and wholeheartedly obey the law of the Lord God of Israel. 58 He did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam had encouraged Israel to commit. 59
32 In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel’s territory. 60 Hazael attacked their eastern border. 61 33 He conquered all the land of Gilead, including the territory of Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh, extending all the way from the Aroer in the Arnon Valley through Gilead to Bashan. 62
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. 63 35 Jehu passed away 64 and was buried in Samaria. 65 His son Jehoahaz replaced him as king. 36 Jehu reigned over Israel for twenty-eight years in Samaria.