2 Kings 9

Thomson(i) 1 Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, Gird up thy loins and take this cruise of oil in thy hand and go to Remmath Galaad. 2 And when thou art come there, and shalt see Jehu, son of Josaphat, son of Namessi, thou shalt go in and cause him to rise from among his brethren, and having taken him into an inner chamber, 3 thou shalt take the cruise of oil and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee to be king over Israel. Then thou shalt open the door and flee, and shalt not tarry. 4 So the young man, the prophet went to Remmath Galaad, 5 and when he came, behold the chiefs of the army were seated, and he said, I have a message to thee, chief. Whereupon Jehu said, To which of us all? And he said, To thee, the chief. 6 And when he arose and went into the house, the prophet poured the oil on his head, and said to him, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, I have anointed thee to be king over the people of the Lord; over Israel. 7 And thou shalt utterly destroy the house of thy master Achab, from before me, and avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord at the hand of Jezabel and at the hand of all the house of Achab. 8 And thou shalt cut off from the house of Achab every male, both him who is attended and him who is neglected in Israel. 9 For I will make the house of Achab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nabat, and like the house of Baasa son of Achia. 10 And the dogs shall devour Jezabel in the portion of Jezrael, and there shall be none to bury her. Then he opened the door and fled. 11 And when Jehu went out to the servants of his master, they said to him, Is all well? Why came this mad man to thee? And he said to them, You know the man, and his idle discourse. 12 And they said, Thou wrongest us. Pray tell us. Then Jehu said, Thus and thus he spoke to me, saying. And when he said, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee to be king over Israel, 13 they who heard hasted, and every one taking his garment, they spread them under him on the top of the stairs, and sounding a trumpet, they said, Jehu is king. 14 Thus Jehu son of Josaphat the son of Namessi conspired against Joram. Now Joram and all Israel kept garrison at Remmath Galaad because of Azael king of Syria, 15 but king Joram had returned to Jezrael to be cured of the Wounds which the Syrians had given him when he fought Azael king of Syria. Therefore Jehu said, If your soul is with me let no deserter escape from the city to go and tell the news at Jezrael. 16 Then Jehu drew out the cavalry and set out on the march and went down to Jezrael because Joram king of Israel was there under cure, on account of the wounds from arrows with which the Aramins shot him at Remmath Galaad in the battle with Azael king of Syria; for he was a valiant man and a warrior. And Ochozias the king of Juda had gone down there to see him. 17 And when a watchman ascended the tower of Jezrael and saw the dust of Jehu as he advanced, he said, I see a dust. Upon which Joram said, Take a horseman and send to meet them, and let him say, Is all well; 18 So the horseman went to meet them. And when he said, Thus saith the king, Is all well? Jehu replied, What is it to thee? Fall in behind me. Then the watchman proclaimed saying, The messenger went up to them, but returneth not. 19 Thereupon the king despatched a second horseman; and when he came up to him and said, Thus saith the king, Is all well? Jehu replied, What is it to thee? Fall in behind me. 20 And when the watchman proclaimed saying, He went up to them but returneth not. And he who is the leader, leadeth on like Jehu the Namessite, for it is with great speed; 21 Joram said, Prepare a chariot. And when the chariot was ready Joram king of Israel and Ochozias king of Juda went out each in his own chariot, to meet Jehu, and met him at the field of Nabuthi the Jezraelite. 22 And when Joram saw Jehu he said, Is all well? To which Jehu replied, How can it be well, when the fornications of Jezabel thy mother and her sorceries are still so many? 23 Thereupon Joram turned his hand and fled and said to Ochozias, Treason! Ochozias. 24 Then Jehu grasping the bow shot Joram between the shoulders, and the arrow passed through his heart and he fell on his knees. 25 Then Jehu said to Badekar his principal officer, Throw him into that part of the field of Nabuthi the Jezraelite. For I remember that when I and thou were riding together after Achab his father, the Lord pronounced this prophecy against him, 26 Have I not seen the blood of Nabuthi and the blood of his sons yesterday? saith the Lord. Therefore I will retribute to him in this very plat of ground, saith the Lord. Now therefore take him up I pray thee and cast him into that plat of ground according to the word of the Lord. 27 And when Ochozias king of Juda saw this he fled by the way of Baithgan and Jehu pursued after him, for he said, And him also; and smote him in his chariot, as he was going down to Gai which is Jeblaam. But he fled to Mageddo and died there. 28 And his servants took him up in his chariot and brought him to Jerusalem and they buried him in his own sepulchre in the city of David, 29 he having begun to reign over Juda in the eleventh year of Joram king of Israel. 30 Now when Jehu came to Jezrael and Jezabel heard, she painted her eyes and dressed her head and looked out at a window. 31 And as Jehu was entering the city the said, Was it well with Zambri who murdered his master? 32 Whereupon he looked up to the window, and when he saw her he said, Who art thou? Come down to me. Then two chamberlains looked out at him 33 and he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall and on the horses; for they trampled upon her. 34 And when he had gone in and had eaten and drunk he said, Look, I pray you, for that cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king's daughter. 35 But when they went out to bury her and found nothing of her but only the scull and the feet and the palms of the hands, 36 they returned and told him, whereupon he said, This is the word of the Lord which he spoke by the ministry of Elias the Thesbite, In the field of Jezrael the dogs shall devour the flesh of Jezabel; 37 and the carcase of Jezabel shall be like dung on the ground in the field of Jezrael, that they may not say, Here lieth Jezabel.