Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, a to the elders, and to the guardians of the sons of b Ahab, saying,
"Since your master's sons are with you and you have at your disposal chariots and horses, a fortified city, and weapons,
select the son of your master who is the best qualified, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."
But they were utterly terrified and said, "Look, two kings could not withstand him; how then can we stand?"
So the steward of the palace, and the governor of the city, along with the elders and the guardians, sent word to Jehu: "We are your servants; we will do anything you say. We will not make anyone king; do whatever you think right."
Then he wrote them a second letter, saying, "If you are on my side, and if you are ready to obey me, take the heads of your master's sons and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow at this time." Now the king's sons, seventy persons, were with the leaders of the city, who were charged with their upbringing.
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