but King Jorama had returned to Jezreel to recover1 from the wounds the Arameans had inflicted on him in the battle with Hazael king of Aram.) Jehu said, "If this is the way you feel, don't let anyone slip out of the city to go and tell the news in Jezreel."
Then he got into his chariot and rode to Jezreel, because Joram was resting there and Ahaziah2 king of Judah had gone down to see him.
When the lookout3 standing on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu's troops approaching, he called out, "I see some troops coming." "Get a horseman," Joram ordered. "Send him to meet them and ask, 'Do you come in peace?4' "
The horseman rode off to meet Jehu and said, "This is what the king says: 'Do you come in peace?' " "What do you have to do with peace?" Jehu replied. "Fall in behind me." The lookout reported, "The messenger has reached them, but he isn't coming back."
So the king sent out a second horseman. When he came to them he said, "This is what the king says: 'Do you come in peace?' " Jehu replied, "What do you have to do with peace? Fall in behind me."
The lookout reported, "He has reached them, but he isn't coming back either. The driving is like5 that of Jehu son of Nimshi--he drives like a madman."
"Hitch up my chariot," Joram ordered. And when it was hitched up, Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah rode out, each in his own chariot, to meet Jehu. They met him at the plot of ground that had belonged to Naboth6 the Jezreelite.
When Joram saw Jehu he asked, "Have you come in peace, Jehu?" "How can there be peace," Jehu replied, "as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel7 abound?"
Joram turned about and fled, calling out to Ahaziah, "Treachery,8 Ahaziah!"
Then Jehu drew his bow9 and shot Joram between the shoulders. The arrow pierced his heart and he slumped down in his chariot.
Jehu said to Bidkar, his chariot officer, "Pick him up and throw him on the field that belonged to Naboth the Jezreelite. Remember how you and I were riding together in chariots behind Ahab his father when the LORD made this prophecy10 about him:
'Yesterday I saw the blood of Naboth11 and the blood of his sons, declares the LORD, and I will surely make you pay for it on this plot of ground, declares the LORD.'b Now then, pick him up and throw him on that plot, in accordance with the word of the LORD."1227
When Ahaziah king of Judah saw what had happened, he fled up the road to Beth Haggan.c Jehu chased him, shouting, "Kill him too!" They wounded him in his chariot on the way up to Gur near Ibleam,13 but he escaped to Megiddo14 and died there.
His servants took him by chariot15 to Jerusalem and buried him with his fathers in his tomb in the City of David.
(In the eleventh16 year of Joram son of Ahab, Ahaziah had become king of Judah.)
Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she painted17 her eyes, arranged her hair and looked out of a window.
As Jehu entered the gate, she asked, "Have you come in peace, Zimri,18 you murderer of your master?"d32
He looked up at the window and called out, "Who is on my side? Who?" Two or three eunuchs looked down at him.
"Throw her down!" Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.1934
Jehu went in and ate and drank. "Take care of that cursed woman," he said, "and bury her, for she was a king's daughter."2035
But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing except her skull, her feet and her hands.
They went back and told Jehu, who said, "This is the word of the LORD that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs21 will devour Jezebel's flesh.e2237
Jezebel's body will be like refuse23 on the ground in the plot at Jezreel, so that no one will be able to say, 'This is Jezebel.' "