Then Jehu gathered all the people together and said to them, "Ahab served Baal a little, but Jehu will serve Baal much.
Now call for me all Baal's prophets and priests and all the people who worship Baal. Don't let anyone miss this meeting, because I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Anyone who is not there will not live." But Jehu was tricking them so he could destroy the worshipers of Baal.
He said, "Prepare a holy meeting for Baal." So they announced the meeting.
Then Jehu sent word through all Israel, and all the worshipers of Baal came; not one stayed home. They came into the temple of Baal, and the temple was filled from one side to the other.
Jehu said to the man who kept the robes, "Bring out robes for all the worshipers of Baal." After he brought out robes for them,
Jehu and Jehonadab son of Recab went into the temple of Baal. Jehu said to the worshipers of Baal, "Look around, and make sure there are no servants of the Lord with you. Be sure there are only worshipers of Baal."
Then the worshipers of Baal went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Jehu had eighty men waiting outside. He had told them, "Don't let anyone escape. If you do, you must pay with your own life."
As soon as Jehu finished offering the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and the captains, "Go in and kill the worshipers of Baal. Don't let anyone come out." So the guards and captains killed the worshipers of Baal with the sword and threw their bodies out. Then they went to the inner rooms of the temple
and brought out the pillars of the temple of Baal and burned them.
They tore down the stone pillar of Baal, as well as the temple of Baal. And they made it into a sewage pit, as it is today.
So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel,
but he did not stop doing the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had done. Jeroboam had led Israel to sin by worshiping the golden calves in Bethel and Dan.
The Lord said to Jehu, "You have done well in obeying what I said was right. You have done to the family of Ahab as I wanted. Because of this, your descendants as far as your great-great-grandchildren will be kings of Israel."
But Jehu was not careful to follow the teachings of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not stop doing the same sins Jeroboam had done, by which he had led Israel to sin.
At that time the Lord began to make Israel smaller. Hazael defeated the Israelites in all the land of Israel,
taking all the land of the Jordan known as the land of Gilead. (It was the region of Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh.) He took land from Aroer by the Arnon Ravine through Gilead to Bashan.
The other things Jehu did -- everything he did and all his victories -- are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
Jehu died and was buried in Samaria, and his son Jehoahaz became king in his place.
Jehu was king over Israel in Samaria for twenty-eight years.