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10:1 And Ach'av had seventy sons in Shomron. And Yehu wrote letters, and sent to Shomron, unto the rulers of Yizre'el, to the Zekenim, and to them that brought up Ach'av's [children], saying,
10:2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons [are] with you, and [there are] with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour;
10:3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set [him] on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
10:4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand?
10:5 And he that [was] over the house, and he that [was] over the city, the Zekenim also, and the bringers up [of the children], sent to Yehu, saying, We [are] thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou [that which is] good in thine eyes.
10:6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye [be] mine, and [if] ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Yizre'el by to morrow this time. Now the king's sons, [being] seventy persons, [were] with the great men of the city, which brought them up.
10:7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him [them] to Yizre'el.
10:8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning.
10:9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye [be] righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these?
10:10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the Dvar YHWH (יהוה), which YHWH (יהוה) spake concerning the house of Ach'av: for YHWH (יהוה) hath done [that] which he spake by his servant Eliyahu .
10:11 So Yehu slew all that remained of the house of Ach'av in Yizre'el, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his kohanim, until he left him none remaining.
10:12 And he arose and departed, and came to Shomron. [And] as he [was] at the shearing house in the way,
10:13 Yehu met with the brethren of Achazyah melekh Yehudah, and said, Who [are] ye? And they answered, We [are] the brethren of Achazyah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.
10:14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, [even] two and forty men; neither left he any of them.
10:15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Yehonadab Ben Rechab [coming] to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart [is] with thy heart? And Yehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give [me] thine hand. And he gave [him] his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.
10:16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for YHWH (יהוה). So they made him ride in his chariot.
10:17 And when he came to Shomron, he slew all that remained unto Ach'av in Shomron, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of YHWH (יהוה), which he spake to Eliyahu .
10:18 And Yehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ach'av served ba'al a little; [but] Yehu shall serve him much.
10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the Neviim of ba'al, all his servants, and all his kohanim; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice [to do] to ba'al; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Yehu did [it] in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of ba'al.
10:20 And Yehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for ba'al. And they proclaimed [it].
10:21 And Yehu sent through all Yisra'el: and all the worshippers of ba'al came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of ba'al; and the house of ba'al was full from one end to another.
10:22 And he said unto him that [was] over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of ba'al. And he brought them forth vestments.
10:23 And Yehu went, and Yehonadab Ben Rechab, into the house of ba'al, and said unto the worshippers of ba'al, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of YHWH (יהוה), but the worshippers of ba'al only.
10:24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and Olahs, Yehu appointed fourscore men without, and said, [If] any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, [he that letteth him go], his life [shall be] for the life of him.
10:25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the Olah, that Yehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, [and] slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast [them] out, and went to the city of the house ba'al.
10:26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of ba'al, and burned them.
10:27 And they brake down the image of ba'al, and brake down the house of ba'al, and made it a draught house unto this day.
10:28 Thus Yehu destroyed ba'al out of Yisra'el.
10:29 Howbeit [from] the sins of Yarov`am Ben Nevat, who made Yisra'el to sin, Yehu departed not from after them, [to wit], the golden calves that [were] in Beit-El, and that [were] in Dan.
10:30 And YHWH (יהוה) said unto Yehu:
Because thou hast done well in executing [that which is] right in mine eyes, [and] hast done unto the house of Ach'av according to all that [was] in mine heart, thy children of the fourth [generation] shall sit on the throne of Yisra'el.
10:31 But Yehu took no heed to walk in the Torah of YHWH (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים) of Yisra'el with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Yarov`am, which made Yisra'el to sin.
10:32 In those days YHWH (יהוה) began to cut Yisra'el short: and Chaza'el smote them in all the coasts of Yisra'el;
10:33 From Yarden eastward, all the land of Gil'ad, the Gadites, and the Reuvenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which [is] by the river Arnon, even Gil'ad and Bashan.
10:34 Now the rest of the acts of Yehu, and all that he did, and all his might, [are] they not written in the sefer Divrei ha Yamin (chronicles) of the kings of Yisra'el?
10:35 And Yehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Shomron. And Yehoachaz his son reigned in his stead.
10:36 And the time that Yehu reigned over Yisra'el in Shomron [was] twenty and eight years.
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