The prophet Elisha summoned a man from the company1 of the prophets and said to him, "Tuck your cloak into your belt,2 take this flask of oil3 with you and go to Ramoth Gilead.42
When you get there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi. Go to him, get him away from his companions and take him into an inner room.
Then take the flask and pour the oil5 on his head and declare, 'This is what the LORD says: I anoint you king over Israel.' Then open the door and run; don't delay!"
So the young man, the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead.
When he arrived, he found the army officers sitting together. "I have a message for you, commander," he said. "For which of us?" asked Jehu. "For you, commander," he replied.
Jehu got up and went into the house. Then the prophet poured the oil6 on Jehu's head and declared, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anoint you king over the LORD's people Israel.
You are to destroy the house of Ahab your master, and I will avenge7 the blood of my servants8 the prophets and the blood of all the LORD's servants shed by Jezebel.98
The whole house10 of Ahab will perish. I will cut off from Ahab every last male11 in Israel--slave or free.
I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam12 son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha13 son of Ahijah.
As for Jezebel, dogs14 will devour her on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and no one will bury her.' " Then he opened the door and ran.
When Jehu went out to his fellow officers, one of them asked him, "Is everything all right? Why did this madman15 come to you?" "You know the man and the sort of things he says," Jehu replied.
"That's not true!" they said. "Tell us." Jehu said, "Here is what he told me: 'This is what the LORD says: I anoint you king over Israel.' "
They hurried and took their cloaks and spread16 them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet17 and shouted, "Jehu is king!"