And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the eldersalso, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy servants, and will do all thatthoushalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thouthatwhich is good in thineeyes.
Then he wrote a letter the secondtime to them, saying, If ye be mine, and if ye willhearkenunto my voice, take ye the heads of the men yourmaster’ssons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrowthistime. Now the king’ssons, beingseventypersons, werewith the great men of the city, whichbroughtthem up.
Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziahking of Judah, and said, Who are ye? And theyanswered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.
And when he was departedthence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechabcoming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thineheartright, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadabanswered, It is. If it be, give me thinehand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.
Now thereforecallunto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a greatsacrifice to do to Baal; whosoevershall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intentthat he mightdestroy the worshippers of Baal.
And Jehusentthrough all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baalcame, so thatthere was not a man leftthatcame not. And theycameinto the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was fullfrom one end to another.
And Jehuwent, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and saidunto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and lookthatthere be herewith you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baalonly.
And whentheywent in to offersacrifices and burntofferings, Jehuappointedfourscore men without, and said, If any of the men whom I havebroughtintoyourhandsescape, he thatletteth him go, his lifeshall be for the life of him.
And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burntoffering, thatJehusaid to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slaythem; let nonecomeforth. And theysmotethemwith the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captainscastthem out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.
And the LORDsaiduntoJehu, Becausethouhastdonewell in executingthatwhich is right in mineeyes, and hastdoneunto the house of Ahabaccording to all that was in mineheart, thy children of the fourthgenerationshall sit on the throne of Israel.