1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:
2 And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber;
3 Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.
5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.
6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.
7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel:
9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah:
10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.
11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.
12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.
14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.
15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel.
16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace?
18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.
20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.
22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah.
24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.
25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him;
26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.
27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.
28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.
29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah.
30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.
31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.
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: and he trode her under foot.
34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter.
35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:
37 And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.
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The book of 2 Kings is the eleventh book of the Old Testament in the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible. It is a continuation of the historical narrative of the Israelites, starting from the death of King Solomon to the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel and the exile of the southern kingdom of Judah. The book is divided into 25 chapters and is believed to have been written by the prophet Jeremiah. Chapter 9 of 2 Kings continues the narrative of the reign of King Jehu of Israel and the reign of King Jehoahaz of Judah. In this essay, we will explore the main themes of this chapter and the meanings they bring.
In the previous chapter, we see the rise of King Jehu of Israel as a result of a divine command given to the prophet Elisha. Jehu was anointed as king and given the task of destroying the dynasty of Ahab and Jezebel, who had led the Israelites into idolatry and sin. In chapter 9, we see Jehu fulfilling this task as he kills King Joram of Israel, who was the son of Ahab, and also kills Jezebel. He then goes on to kill all the remaining members of the royal family of Ahab, as well as all the priests and worshippers of the god Baal. This act of violence and bloodshed may seem extreme, but it was seen as necessary in order to cleanse the nation of Israel from the influence of Ahab’s family and the worship of false gods.
The main theme of this section of the chapter is the fulfillment of prophecy. In 1 Kings 21:21-24, the prophet Elijah had prophesied that the entire family of Ahab would be destroyed as a punishment for their wickedness. In 2 Kings 9:7-10, Elisha also prophesies to Jehu that he will become king and will destroy the house of Ahab. This shows the importance of fulfilling the word of God and the consequences of disobeying it. Through the actions of Jehu, we see that God’s word will always come to pass, and His justice will be carried out.
After the death of King Jehu, his son Jehoahaz becomes the king of Israel. However, unlike his father, Jehoahaz does not follow in the ways of the Lord. In fact, he continues the idolatrous practices of his predecessors and leads the people of Israel astray. As a result, God allows the king of Syria to oppress the Israelites and reduce their territory. This shows the consequences of disobedience and the importance of staying faithful to God’s commandments.
The main theme of this section is the consequences of sin and the need for repentance. The Israelites had been warned time and again by the prophets to turn away from their idolatrous ways and return to the worship of the one true God. However, they continued to disobey, and as a result, they faced the consequences of their actions. This serves as a warning to us that sin will always have consequences, and it is only through repentance and turning back to God that we can find forgiveness and restoration.
After the death of King Jehoahaz, his son Jehoash becomes the king of Israel. Unlike his father, Jehoash follows in the ways of the Lord and seeks the counsel of Elisha, the prophet of God. Elisha prophesies that Jehoash will defeat the Syrians three times, which he does. However, despite his initial faithfulness, Jehoash does not completely turn away from the sins of his ancestors. He continues to allow the people to worship at the high places, which were places of idolatrous worship. This shows the struggle between faithfulness and compromise, and the consequences of not fully committing to following God’s commandments.
The main theme of this section is the struggle between faithfulness and compromise. We see that Jehoash starts off as a faithful king, seeking the counsel of God’s prophet and following His commands. However, he falls short by allowing the worship of false gods to continue. This serves as a reminder to us that true faithfulness requires complete obedience and dedication to God, and any compromise can lead to negative consequences.
Meanwhile, in the southern kingdom of Judah, we see the rise of King Amaziah. He is described as a king who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart. He starts off by carrying out justice and punishing those who had killed his father, but he also allows the people to worship at the high places. He also wages war against the Edomites and is victorious, but he brings back the gods of the Edomites and worships them. This once again highlights the struggle between faithfulness and compromise.
The main theme of this section is the consequences of half-hearted devotion to God. King Amaziah is described as someone who did what was right, but not with a loyal heart. This shows that even though he may have carried out the external actions of faithfulness, his heart was not fully committed to God. This serves as a reminder to us that true devotion to God requires both outward actions and a sincere heart.
In conclusion, chapter 9 of 2 Kings continues the narrative of the reigns of King Jehu of Israel and King Jehoahaz of Judah. It also introduces the reigns of King Jehoash of Israel and King Amaziah of Judah. The main themes of this chapter include the fulfillment of prophecy, the consequences of sin and disobedience, the struggle between faithfulness and compromise, and the need for wholehearted devotion to God. Through the actions and choices of these kings, we can learn valuable lessons about the importance of following God’s commandments and the consequences of straying from His ways.