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2 Kings 10:18-36 (New American Standard)

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Jehu Destroys Baal Worshipers

18 Then Jehu gathered all the people and said to them, "1Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. 19 "Now, 2summon all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers and all his priests; let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal; whoever is missing shall not live." But Jehu did it in acunning, so that he might destroy the worshipers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, "3Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal." And 4they proclaimed it. 21 Then Jehu sent bthroughout Israel and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And when they went into 5the house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other. 22 He said to the one who was cin charge of the wardrobe, "Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal." So he brought out garments for them. 23 Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Baal, "Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but only the worshipers of Baal." 24 Then they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed for himself eighty men outside, and he had said, "6The one who permits any of the men whom I bring into your hands to escape dshall give up his life in exchange." 25 Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the e7guard and to the royal officers, "8Go in, fkill them; let none come out." And they gkilled them with the edge of the sword; and the hguard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the iinner room of the house of Baal. 26 They brought out the sacred 9pillars of the house of Baal and burned them. 27 They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and 10made it a latrine to this day. 28 Thus Jehu eradicated Baal out of Israel. 29 However, 11as for the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin, from these Jehu did not depart, even the 12golden calves that were at Bethel and that were at Dan. 30 The LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in executing what is right in My eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in My heart, 13your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel." 31 But Jehu j14was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD, the God of Israel, with all his heart; 15he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin. 32 In those days the 16LORD began to cut off portions kfrom Israel; and 17Hazael ldefeated them throughout the territory of Israel: 33 from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from 18Aroer, which is by the valley of the Arnon, even 19Gilead and Bashan.

Jehoahaz Succeeds Jehu

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu and all that he did and all his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 35 And Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son became king in his place. 36 Now the mtime which Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.
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