2 Kings 10:18-36 (New International Version)

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Ministers of Baal Killed

18 Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, "Ahab served1 Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. 19 Now summon2 all the prophets of Baal, all his ministers and all his priests. See that no one is missing, because I am going to hold a great sacrifice for Baal. Anyone who fails to come will no longer live." But Jehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the ministers of Baal. 20 Jehu said, "Call an assembly3 in honor of Baal." So they proclaimed it. 21 Then he sent word throughout Israel, and all the ministers of Baal came; not one stayed away. They crowded into the temple of Baal until it was full from one end to the other. 22 And Jehu said to the keeper of the wardrobe, "Bring robes for all the ministers of Baal." So he brought out robes for them. 23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab son of Recab went into the temple of Baal. Jehu said to the ministers of Baal, "Look around and see that no servants of the LORD are here with you--only ministers of Baal." 24 So they went in to make sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had posted eighty men outside with this warning: "If one of you lets any of the men I am placing in your hands escape, it will be your life for his life."4 25 As soon as Jehu had finished making the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and officers: "Go in and kill5 them; let no one escape."6 So they cut them down with the sword. The guards and officers threw the bodies out and then entered the inner shrine of the temple of Baal. 26 They brought the sacred stone7 out of the temple of Baal and burned it. 27 They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple8 of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day. 28 So Jehu9 destroyed Baal worship in Israel. 29 However, he did not turn away from the sins10 of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit--the worship of the golden calves11 at Bethel12 and Dan. 30 The LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation."13 31 Yet Jehu was not careful14 to keep the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins15 of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit. 32 In those days the LORD began to reduce16 the size of Israel. Hazael17 overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory 33 east of the Jordan in all the land of Gilead (the region of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh), from Aroer18 by the Arnon19 Gorge through Gilead to Bashan. 34 As for the other events of Jehu's reign, all he did, and all his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals20 of the kings of Israel? 35 Jehu rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son succeeded him as king. 36 The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.
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