And he said, take them alive
Gave orders to his guards to seize them, and make them captives:
and they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the
where they washed the sheep when they sheered them;
[even] forty and two men, neither left he any of them;
they being, by their grandmother's side, of the house of Ahab, and so within the commission of Jehu to slay them, at least as he thought; though his chief view might be, lest they should make any pretensions to the crown, being descended from that house, or should hereafter attempt to avenge the death of their relations; but by the judgment of God they were cut off as idolaters.