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2 Kings 10:7-8

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10:7 When they received the letter, they seized the king’s sons and executed all seventy of them. 1  They put their heads in baskets and sent them to him in Jezreel. 10:8 The messenger came and told Jehu, 2  “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” Jehu 3  said, “Stack them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.”

2 Kings 10:10-11

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10:10 Therefore take note that not one of the judgments the Lord announced against Ahab’s dynasty has failed to materialize. The Lord had done what he announced through his servant Elijah.” 4  10:11 Then Jehu killed all who were left of Ahab’s family in Jezreel, and all his nobles, close friends, and priests. He left no survivors.

2 Kings 10:17

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10:17 He went to Samaria and exterminated all the members of Ahab’s family who were still alive in Samaria, 5  just as the Lord had announced to Elijah. 6 

2 Kings 10:29-31

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A Summary of Jehu’s Reign

10:29 However, Jehu did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam son of Nebat had encouraged Israel to commit; the golden calves remained in Bethel 7  and Dan. 8  10:30 The Lord said to Jehu, “You have done well. You have accomplished my will and carried out my wishes with regard to Ahab’s dynasty. Therefore four generations of your descendants will rule over Israel.” 9  10:31 But Jehu did not carefully and wholeheartedly obey the law of the Lord God of Israel. 10  He did not repudiate the sins which Jeroboam had encouraged Israel to commit. 11 

1 tn Heb “and when the letter came to them, they took the sons of the king and slaughtered seventy men.”

2 tn Heb “him”; the referent (Jehu) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jehu) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “Know then that there has not fallen from the word of the Lord to the ground that which the Lord spoke against the house of Ahab. The Lord has done that which he spoke by the hand of his servant Elijah.”

5 tn Heb “and he struck down all the remaining ones to Ahab in Samaria until he destroyed him.”

6 tn Heb “according to the word of the Lord which he spoke to Elijah.”

7 map For location see Map4 G4; Map5 C1; Map6 E3; Map7 D1; Map8 G3.

8 tn Heb “Except the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat which he caused Israel to commit, Jehu did not turn aside from after them – the golden calves which [were in] Bethel and which [were] in Dan.”

9 tn Heb “Because you have done well by doing what is proper in my eyes – according to all which was in my heart you have done to the house of Ahab – sons of four generations will sit for you on the throne of Israel.” In the Hebrew text the Lord’s statement is one long sentence (with a parenthesis). The translation above divides it into shorter sentences for stylistic reasons.

sn Jehu ruled over Israel from approximately 841-814 b.c. Four of his descendants (Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II, and Zechariah) ruled from approximately 814-753 b.c. The dynasty came to an end when Shallum assassinated Zechariah in 753 b.c. See 2 Kgs 15:8-12.

10 tn Heb “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart.”

11 tn Heb “He did not turn aside from the sins of Jeroboam which he caused Israel to commit.”



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