2 Kings 10
Jehu, by his letters, causeth seventy of Ahab's children to be beheaded.
2 Kings 10:1 Ahab had .lxx. sonnes in Samaria. And Iehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria vnto þe rulers of Iezrael, to the elders, and to them that brought vp Ahabs children, sayinge: 2 Kings 10:2 nowe whan thys letter commeth to you, ye þt haue with you your masters sonnes, ye haue with you both charettes and horses: a strong citye haue ye also: and harnes, 2 Kings 10:3 loke which of your masters sonnes is best and most mete, and set hym on hys fathers seate, and fyght for youre Lordes house. 2 Kings 10:4 But they were exceadingly afrayde, & sayde: se, two kinges were not able to stande before hym, how shall we then be able to stande? 2 Kings 10:5 And he that was gouerner of Ahabs house, and he that ruled the citye, þe elders also, & þe tutours sent to Iehu, saieng: we are thy seruauntes, & will do all þt þu shalt byd vs: we wyll make no man kynge: therfore do þu what semeth good in thine eyes. 2 Kings 10:6 Then he wrote another letter to them, sayinge: If ye be myne, and wyll herken vnto my voyce, then take the hedes of the men that are youre masters sonnes, and come to me to Iezrahel by to morowe thys tyme. And the kynges sonnes were .lxx. personnes, and they were with the great men of the citye, which brought them vp. 2 Kings 10:7 And when the letter came to them, they toke the kynges chyldren, and slue them, euen .lxx. personnes, & layed theyr heedes in baskettes, and sent them to him to Iezrahel.
He excuseth the fact by the prophecy of Elijah.
2 Kings 10:8 And there came a messenger, and tolde hym, sayinge: they haue brought the heedes of the kynges sonnes. And he sayde: let them laye them on two heapes in the enterynge in of the gate, vntyll the mornynge. 2 Kings 10:9 And whan it was daye, he went out, and stode, & sayde to all þe folke: ye be ryghteous. Beholde, I conspired against my master, and slue him. But who slue all these? 2 Kings 10:10 Lerne here, þt ther shall fall vnto the erth nothyng of the worde of þe Lorde, which he spake concerning the house of Ahab. For þe Lord hath brought to passe the thinges þt he spake by þe hande of his seruaunt Elia. 2 Kings 10:11 And so Iehu slue all þt remayned of the house of Ahab, in Iezrahel: and all þt were great wt him, & his kynsfolkes and his prestes, so þt he let nothing of him remayne.
At the shearing house he slayeth two and forty of Ahaziah's brethren.
2 Kings 10:12 And he arose, & departed, & came to Samaria. And whan Iehu was in the waye to the house where the shepherdes dyd shere their shepe, 2 Kings 10:13 he met wt the brethren of Ahaziahu king of Iuda, & sayde: what are ye? They answered: the brethren of Ahaziahu are we, and go downe to salute þe children of þe kinge and of þe quene. 2 Kings 10:14 And he sayde: take them alyue. Whom when they had taken them alyue, they slue them at the well which was besyde the house where the shepe are shoren, euen two and fourtye men, nether left he any of them.
He taketh Jehonadab into his company.
2 Kings 10:15 And when he was departed thence, he met wt Iehonadab þe sonne of Rechab commynge agaynst him. And he blessed him, & sayde to hym: is thyne hert ryght, as myne hert is true wt thine? And Iehonadab answered: yea that it is, then geue me thyne hande. And whan he had geuen him his hand, he toke him vp to him into þe charet, 2 Kings 10:16 & sayde: come wt me, & se the zeale that I haue for the Lord: & so they made him ryde in hys charet. 2 Kings 10:17 And when he came to Samaria, he slue all þt remayned vnto Ahab in Samaria, tyll he had wypte him out, accordyng to the saying of the Lorde which he spake to Elia.
By subtilty he destroyeth all the worshippers of Baal.
2 Kings 10:18 And Iehu gathered all þe people together and sayd vnto them: Ahab serued Baal a lytle. But Iehu shall serue hym more. 2 Kings 10:19 Nowe therfore call vnto me all þe prophetes of Baal all soch as serue him, & all his prestes, and let none be lackyng. For I haue a greate sacrifyce to do to Baal: & therfore, whosoeuer is myssed, he shall not lyue. But Iehu dyd it for a sutteltye, to the intent that he might destroye þe seruauntes of Baal. 2 Kings 10:20 And Iehu sayde: Proclayme an holy conuocacyon for Baal, 2 Kings 10:21 and Iehu sent vnto all Israel. And all þe seruauntes of Baal came, þt ther was not a man lefte behynde that came not. And they came into the house of Baal, & the house of Baal was full from one ende to another. 2 Kings 10:22 And he sayde vnto hym that was the keper of the vestrye, bringe forth garmentes for all the seruauntes of Baal. And he brought them out garmentes. 2 Kings 10:23 And when Iehu went with Iehonadab the sonne of Rechab into þe house of Baal, he sayde vnto the seruauntes of Baal: searche, and loke, that there be here wt you none of the seruauntes of the Lorde, but the seruauntes of Baal only. 2 Kings 10:24 And when they went in to offer sacrifice & burntoffringe: Iehu appoynted .lxxx. men without, & sayd: If any of the men whom I haue brought vnder youre handes, escape, he that letteth him go, shall dye for hym. 2 Kings 10:25 And it fortuned, þt assone as he had made an ende of offering the burntsacrifyce, Iehu sayde to the men of warre and to the captaines: go in, and sleye them, let none come out. And they smote them with the edge of the swearde. And the men of warre and the captaynes cast them out, and went vnto the citye of the temple of Baal, 2 Kings 10:26 and fet the ymages out of the temple of Baal, and burnt them. 2 Kings 10:27 And they brake the ymage of Baal, & brake the house of Baal, & made a draft house of it vnto thys daye. 2 Kings 10:28 And so Iehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.
Jehu followeth Jeroboam's sins.
2 Kings 10:29 But from þe synnes of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat, which made Israel to synne: Iehu departed not, nether from folowing of them the golden calues that were in Bethel and in Dan. 2 Kings 10:30 And the Lorde sayde vnto Iehu: because thou hast done ryght well, in bryngynge to passe the thynge that is ryght in myne eyes, and hast done vnto the house of Ahab accordinge to all thinges þt are in myne hert, therfore shall thy children vnto the fourth generacyon syt on the seate of Israel. 2 Kings 10:31 But Iehu cared not for this, to walke in the lawe of the Lord God of Israel with all his hert: for he departed not from the sinnes of Ieroboam, which made Israel to synne.
Hazael oppresseth Israel.
2 Kings 10:32 In those dayes the Lorde began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all þe coastes of Israel, 2 Kings 10:33 from Iordan eastwarde: euen all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, the Rubenites, and them þt were of Manasses, from Aroer vnto the ryuer of Arnon: euen Gilead & Basan. 2 Kings 10:34 The rest of the wordes þt concerne Iehu & all þt he dyd, and all his power, are they not written in the boke of the Chronycles of the kynges of Israel?
Jehoahaz succeedeth Jehu.
2 Kings 10:35 And Iehu slept wt hys fathers, & they buryed him in Samaria, and Iehoahaz his sonne raygned in hys steade. 2 Kings 10:36 And the tyme that Iehu raygned vpon Israel in Samaria, is .xxviij. yeres.