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EHORE king stervants of Jehovah, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole al situatia e use of Abab shall perish : and I will cut off from Ahab

ery male, and him that is shut up and left in Israel; and will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam, e son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha, the son of

hijah; and the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of had bez zreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And having

elivered his message, he opened the door and fled, as he had een coinmanded by Elisha.*

Thus anointed, Jehu conspired against his sovereign, and aving been proclaimed king by the troops, and laid an inunction of secrecy upon them, he proceeded instantly in a

hariot to Jezreel, where Jehoram then lay with his nephew Ahaziah,t king of Judah, who had gone to visit him in his vounded state. +

As soon as the watchman descried the approach of Jehu, from the watch tower of Jezreel, Jehoram sent messengers

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On approaching the tower or palace, Jezebel, the wides 600 to inquire his errand; and it is not quite clear, whether be first suspected there was any treason, or supposed there i some messenger from the army.*

Two messengers in succession having been detained Jehu, instead of returning to give information to Jebars" that monarch, together with Ahaziah, went out in 2 respective chariots against Jebu; and it was so ordered the providence of God, that they should meet him in e portion of Naboth, the Jezreelite, in that very spot Ahab the father of Jehoram, or rather his wife Jezebel.. so wickedly obtained from the conscientious Israelite, subornation of perjury and murder. I

As soon as Jehoram saw Jehu, he anxiously asked. I peace, Jehu? Upon which the latter replied, What pesce long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel, and her ? crafts are so many? Jehoram exclaiming to Ahaziab, ** there was treachery, turned his chariot and fled, when das drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram beti his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and best down in his chariot. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his capiz Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naben the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thour together after Ahab his father, Jehovah prophesied this pro phecy : Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth

, uk the blood of his sons, saith Jehovah; and I will require b* in this plat, saith Jehovah. Now, therefore, take and >> Jehovah.||

Ahab, looked out at a window, when at the command of Jeh

* 2 Kings, ix. 17. + 2 Kings, ix. 18–20.

I 2 Kings, ix. 21.–1 Kings, xxi. 16.
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that, whale offered unconditional submission to the usurper; and, by his

me eunuchs threw her down, and her blood was sprinkled t is dan the wall, and on the houses ; and he trod her under foot.

Tecollecting afterwards, that this cursed woman was the

aughter of a king, he sent out orders to bave her burned; rut they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, nd the palm of her hands, whereby was fulfilled the prophecy f Elijah, that in the portion of Jezreel dogs should eat the

lesh of Jezebel; and that the carcass of Jezebel should be as ! theç se lung upon the face of the field, in the portion of Jezreel, so .hat they should not say, This is Jezebel.*

As Abab had still seventy sons surviving, it was

necessary for Jehu to act with policy; and, therefore, 884.

he sent to the rulers of Samaria, and the elders, and suggested to them to place the most promising of the princes on his father's throne. Intimidated, however, with what bad

occurred, and most probably suspecting that Jehu was only rtion of the B seeking to discover who were his enemies, they immediately

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them, they put their heads in baskets, and sent them to do in Jezreel.*

Having ordered these heads to be laid in two beape 2" entering in of the gate, he thus addressed the people, **** righteous; behold, I conspired against my master, and him; but who slew all these? Know now that there su fall unto the earth nothing of the word of Jehovah, es he spake concerning the house of Ahab ; for Jehovah done that which he spake by his servant Elijah. Sit slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in de and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests he left him none remaining.† And thus too was fulfile declaration of Elijah; Him that escapeth the sword of Hz shall Jehu slay; and him that escapeth the sword of de shall Elisha slay."

Having met with Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, wher coming to meet him, he saluted him, and said unto his,' thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And se nadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. # he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into + chariot. And he said, Come with me, and see my Jehovah. So they made him ride in his chariot. And w he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ababe Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the sup of Jehovah, which he spake to Elijah.g

But Jebu's commission was not yet ended; for bestive under the pretext of offering a great sacrifice to Baal, lected all the idolatrous priests and worshippers into house of that image, he smote them all with the edge of the


2 Kings, x. 1–7.

† 2 Kings, x. 8-11.
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a great sacrament delivered them into the hand of Hazael, king of Syria, and as not ret merke the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he

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rd, and burnt the image of Baal, and broke down the

ise, and made it a draught house. * 1 these bed see?ealous, however, as Jehu appeared, he departed not from

sins of Jeroboam; to wit, the golden calves that were in

th-el and that were in Dan. And Jehovah said unto Jehu, , I conspired

cause thou hast done well in executing that which is right mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according

all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth g the bous al da neration shall sit on the throne of Israel. But Jehu took

· heed to walk in the law of Jehovah, the God of Israel, with led of the bar i 1 his heart; for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam,

hich made Israel to sin.t

It is not, therefore, to be wondered at that Jehovah began Him that exzes

's cut Israel short; for Hazael smote them in all the coasts of him that escati grael, from Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the

jadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, onadab, the is which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan. I

saluted his, De After reigning twenty-eight years over Israel, he died a heart is Fitb di natural death, and slept with his fathers, and was buried in If it be , gire 3 "Samaria; and was succeeded by his son,

This monarch also did that which was evil in the

sight of Jehovah, and followed the sins of Jeroboam, 856.

the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin.g And sts and mention into the hand of Benhadad, the son of Hazael, all their days,

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2 Kings, x. 18-28.
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