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II Regum 10Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

10 erant autem Ahab septuaginta filii in Samaria scripsit ergo Hieu litteras et misit in Samariam ad optimates civitatis et ad maiores natu et ad nutricios Ahab dicens

statim ut acceperitis litteras has qui habetis filios domini vestri et currus et equos et civitates firmas et arma

eligite meliorem et eum qui vobis placuerit de filiis domini vestri et ponite eum super solium patris sui et pugnate pro domo domini vestri

timuerunt illi vehementer et dixerunt ecce duo reges non potuerunt stare coram eo et quomodo nos valebimus resistere

miserunt ergo praepositus domus et praefectus civitatis et maiores natu et nutricii ad Hieu dicentes servi tui sumus quaecumque iusseris faciemus nec constituemus regem quodcumque tibi placet fac

rescripsit autem eis litteras secundo dicens si mei estis et oboeditis mihi tollite capita filiorum domini vestri et venite ad me hac eadem hora cras in Hiezrahel porro filii regis septuaginta viri apud optimates civitatis nutriebantur

cumque venissent litterae ad eos tulerunt filios regis et occiderunt septuaginta viros et posuerunt capita eorum in cofinis et miserunt ad eum in Hiezrahel

venit autem nuntius et indicavit ei dicens adtulerunt capita filiorum regis qui respondit ponite ea duos acervos iuxta introitum portae usque mane

cumque diluxisset egressus est et stans dixit ad omnem populum iusti estis si ego coniuravi contra dominum meum et interfeci eum quis percussit omnes hos

10 videte ergo nunc quoniam non cecidit de sermonibus Domini in terram quos locutus est Dominus super domum Ahab et Dominus fecit quod locutus est in manu servi sui Heliae

11 percussit igitur Hieu omnes qui reliqui erant de domo Ahab in Hiezrahel et universos optimates eius et notos et sacerdotes donec non remanerent ex eo reliquiae

12 et surrexit et venit in Samariam cumque venisset ad Camaram pastorum in via

13 invenit fratres Ahaziae regis Iuda dixitque ad eos quinam estis vos at illi responderunt fratres Ahaziae sumus et descendimus ad salutandos filios regis et filios reginae

14 qui ait conprehendite eos vivos quos cum conprehendissent vivos iugulaverunt eos in cisterna iuxta Camaram quadraginta duos viros et non reliquit ex eis quemquam

15 cumque abisset inde invenit Ionadab filium Rechab in occursum sibi et benedixit ei et ait ad eum numquid est cor tuum rectum sicut cor meum cum corde tuo et ait Ionadab est si est inquit da manum tuam qui dedit manum suam at ille levavit eum ad se in curru

16 dixitque ad eum veni mecum et vide zelum meum pro Domino et inpositum currui suo

17 duxit in Samariam et percussit omnes qui reliqui fuerant de Ahab in Samaria usque ad unum iuxta verbum Domini quod locutus est per Heliam

18 congregavit ergo Hieu omnem populum et dixit ad eos Ahab coluit Baal parum ego autem colam eum amplius

19 nunc igitur omnes prophetas Baal et universos servos eius et cunctos sacerdotes ipsius vocate ad me nullus sit qui non veniat sacrificium enim grande est mihi Baal quicumque defuerit non vivet porro Hieu faciebat hoc insidiose ut disperderet cultores Baal

20 dixit sanctificate diem sollemnem Baal vocavitque

21 et misit in universos terminos Israhel et venerunt cuncti servi Baal non fuit residuus ne unus quidem qui non veniret et ingressi sunt templum Baal et repleta est domus Baal a summo usque ad summum

22 dixitque his qui erant super vestes proferte vestimenta universis servis Baal et protulerunt eis vestes

23 ingressusque Hieu et Ionadab filius Rechab templum Baal et ait cultoribus Baal perquirite et videte ne quis forte vobiscum sit de servis Domini sed ut sint soli servi Baal

24 ingressi sunt igitur ut facerent victimas et holocausta Hieu autem praeparaverat sibi foris octoginta viros et dixerat eis quicumque fugerit de hominibus his quos ego adduxero in manus vestras anima eius erit pro anima illius

25 factum est ergo cum conpletum esset holocaustum praecepit Hieu militibus et ducibus suis ingredimini et percutite eos nullus evadat percusseruntque eos ore gladii et proiecerunt milites et duces et ierunt in civitatem templi Baal

26 et protulerunt statuam de fano Baal et conbuserunt

27 et comminuerunt eam destruxerunt quoque aedem Baal et fecerunt pro ea latrinas usque ad diem hanc

28 delevit itaque Hieu Baal de Israhel

29 verumtamen a peccatis Hieroboam filii Nabath qui peccare fecerat Israhel non recessit nec dereliquit vitulos aureos qui erant in Bethel et in Dan

30 dixit autem Dominus ad Hieu quia studiose fecisti quod rectum erat et placebat in oculis meis et omnia quae erant in corde meo fecisti contra domum Ahab filii tui usque ad quartam generationem sedebunt super thronum Israhel

31 porro Hieu non custodivit ut ambularet in lege Domini Dei Israhel in toto corde suo non enim recessit a peccatis Hieroboam qui peccare fecerat Israhel

32 in diebus illis coepit Dominus taedere super Israhel percussitque eos Azahel in universis finibus Israhel

33 a Iordane contra orientalem plagam omnem terram Galaad et Gad et Ruben et Manasse ab Aroer quae est super torrentem Arnon et Galaad et Basan

34 reliqua autem verborum Hieu et universa quae fecit et fortitudo eius nonne haec scripta sunt in libro verborum dierum regum Israhel

35 et dormivit Hieu cum patribus suis sepelieruntque eum in Samaria et regnavit Ioachaz filius eius pro eo

36 dies autem quos regnavit Hieu super Israhel viginti et octo anni sunt in Samaria

2 Kings 10New International Version (NIV)

Ahab’s Family Killed

10 Now there were in Samaria seventy sons of the house of Ahab. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria: to the officials of Jezreel,[a] to the elders and to the guardians of Ahab’s children. He said, “You have your master’s sons with you and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city and weapons. Now as soon as this letter reaches you, choose the best and most worthy of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne. Then fight for your master’s house.”

But they were terrified and said, “If two kings could not resist him, how can we?”

So the palace administrator, the city governor, the elders and the guardians sent this message to Jehu: “We are your servants and we will do anything you say. We will not appoint anyone as king; you do whatever you think best.”

Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow.”

Now the royal princes, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were rearing them. When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu in Jezreel. When the messenger arrived, he told Jehu, “They have brought the heads of the princes.”

Then Jehu ordered, “Put them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.”

The next morning Jehu went out. He stood before all the people and said, “You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master and killed him, but who killed all these? 10 Know, then, that not a word the Lord has spoken against the house of Ahab will fail. The Lord has done what he announced through his servant Elijah.” 11 So Jehu killed everyone in Jezreel who remained of the house of Ahab, as well as all his chief men, his close friends and his priests, leaving him no survivor.

12 Jehu then set out and went toward Samaria. At Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 13 he met some relatives of Ahaziah king of Judah and asked, “Who are you?”

They said, “We are relatives of Ahaziah, and we have come down to greet the families of the king and of the queen mother.

14 “Take them alive!” he ordered. So they took them alive and slaughtered them by the well of Beth Eked—forty-two of them. He left no survivor.

15 After he left there, he came upon Jehonadab son of Rekab, who was on his way to meet him. Jehu greeted him and said, “Are you in accord with me, as I am with you?”

“I am,” Jehonadab answered.

“If so,” said Jehu, “give me your hand.” So he did, and Jehu helped him up into the chariot. 16 Jehu said, “Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord.” Then he had him ride along in his chariot.

17 When Jehu came to Samaria, he killed all who were left there of Ahab’s family; he destroyed them, according to the word of the Lord spoken to Elijah.

Servants of Baal Killed

18 Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. 19 Now summon all the prophets of Baal, all his servants and all his priests. See that no one is missing, because I am going to hold a great sacrifice for Baal. Anyone who fails to come will no longer live.” But Jehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the servants of Baal.

20 Jehu said, “Call an assembly in honor of Baal.” So they proclaimed it. 21 Then he sent word throughout Israel, and all the servants of Baal came; not one stayed away. They crowded into the temple of Baal until it was full from one end to the other. 22 And Jehu said to the keeper of the wardrobe, “Bring robes for all the servants of Baal.” So he brought out robes for them.

23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab son of Rekab went into the temple of Baal. Jehu said to the servants of Baal, “Look around and see that no one who serves the Lord is here with you—only servants of Baal.” 24 So they went in to make sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had posted eighty men outside with this warning: “If one of you lets any of the men I am placing in your hands escape, it will be your life for his life.”

25 As soon as Jehu had finished making the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and officers: “Go in and kill them; let no one escape.” So they cut them down with the sword. The guards and officers threw the bodies out and then entered the inner shrine of the temple of Baal. 26 They brought the sacred stone out of the temple of Baal and burned it. 27 They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day.

28 So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. 29 However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.

30 The Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 31 Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.

32 In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel. Hazael overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory 33 east of the Jordan in all the land of Gilead (the region of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh), from Aroer by the Arnon Gorge through Gilead to Bashan.

34 As for the other events of Jehu’s reign, all he did, and all his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?

35 Jehu rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son succeeded him as king. 36 The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 10:1 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts and Vulgate of the city
New International Version (NIV)

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