1Meanwhile, the prophet Elisha summoned one of the other prophets. He said to him, “Get ready IDM and go to Ramoth city in the Gilead region. Take this jar of olive oil with you.
2When you arrive there, search for a man named Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat and grandson of Nimshi. Go with him into a room away from his companions,
3and pour some of this oil on his head. Then say to him, ‘Yahweh declares that he is appointing you to be the king of Israel.’ Then open the door and run away as quickly as you can.”
4So the young prophet went to Ramoth.
5When he arrived, he saw that the commanders of the army were having a conference. He looked at Jehu and said, “Sir, I have a message for one of you.” Jehu replied, “Which one of us is the message for?” The young prophet replied, “It is for you, commander/sir.”
6So Jehu got up and went with the young prophet into a house. There the young prophet poured some olive oil on Jehu's head and said to him, “Yahweh, the God whom we Israelis worship, declares this: ‘I am appointing you to be the king of my Israeli people.
7You must kill your master King Joram, the son of Ahab, because I want to punish Ahab's wife Jezebel for murdering MTY many of my prophets and other people who served me.
8You must kill not only Joram but all of Ahab's family. I want to get rid of every male in the family, including young ones and old ones.
9I will get rid of Ahab's family, like I got rid of the families of two other kings of Israel, Jeroboam and Baasha.
10And when Jezebel dies, her corpse will not be buried. Dogs will eat her corpse there in Jezreel city.’” After the young prophet said this, he left the room and ran.
11When Jehu came out of the room to where his other commanders were, they said to him, “Is everything all right? Why did that mad fellow come to you?” He replied, “You know what kinds of things young prophets like him say.”
12They said, “You are lying! Tell us what he said!” He replied, “He told me that Yahweh said, ‘I am appointing MTY you to be the king of Israel.’”
13Then they all spread their cloaks on the steps of the building for Jehu to walk out on, and they blew trumpets and shouted, “Jehu is now the king!”
14King Joram and his army had been defending Ramoth against the attacks by the army of the king of Syria. King Joram had returned to Jezreel city, to recover from being wounded in the battle against the army of Hazael, the king of Syria. And Jehu made plans to kill Joram. He said to his other commanders, “If helping me is truly what you want, make sure that no one leaves this city to go to warn the people of Jezreel about what I am planning to do.”
16Then Jehu and his officers got into their chariots and rode to Jezreel, where Joram was still recovering. And King Ahaziah of Judah was there, visiting Joram.
17A guard was standing in the watchtower in Jezreel. He saw Jehu and his men approaching. He called out, “I see a lot of men who are approaching!” King Joram heard what the watchman said, so he said to his soldiers, “Send someone on a horse to go and find out if they are coming to be friendly to us or to attack us.”
18So a man rode out to meet Jehu and said to him, “The king wants to know if you are coming to be friendly to us.” Jehu replied, “This is not the time for you RHQ to be concerned about acting friendly! Turn around and come behind me!” So the guard in the watchtower reported that the messenger had reached the group that was approaching, but that he was not returning alone.
19So King Joram sent another messenger, who asked Jehu the same question. Again Jehu replied, “This is not the time RHQ for you to be concerned about acting friendly! Turn around and follow me!”
20Then the watchman reported again, “That messenger also reached them, but he is not coming back alone. And the leader of the group must be Jehu, the son of Nimshi, because he is driving his chariot furiously, like Jehu does!”
21Joram said to his soldiers, “Get my chariot ready!” So they did that. Then King Joram and King Ahaziah both rode toward Jehu, each one in his own chariot. And it happened that they met Jehu at the field that had previously belonged to Naboth!
22When Joram met Jehu, he said to him, “Are you coming on a peacefull visit?” Jehu replied, “◄How can there be peace while you and your people are prostrating themselves to worship idols and practicing very much ‘witchcraft/sorcery’ like your mother Jezebel did?/There certainly cannot be peace while you and your people are prostrating themselves to worship idols and practicing ‘witchcraft/sorcery’ like your mother Jezebel has been doing!►” RHQ
23Joram cried out, “Ahaziah, they have deceived us! They want to kill us!” So Joram turned his chariot around and tried to flee.
24But Jehu drew his bow mightily and shot an arrow that pierced Joram between his shoulder blades. The arrow went through his body and pierced his heart, and he slumped down dead in his chariot.
25Then Jehu said to his assistant Bidkar, “Take his corpse and throw it here into the field that belonged to Naboth. I am sure that you remember that when you and I were riding together in chariots behind King Joram's father Ahab, that Yahweh said this about Ahab:
26‘Yesterday I saw Ahab murder MTY Naboth and his sons here. And I solemnly promise that I will punish him right here in this same field!’ So take Joram's corpse and throw it into that field! That will fulfill what Yahweh said would happen.”
27When King Ahaziah saw what happened, he fled in his chariot toward Beth-Haggan town. But Jehu pursued him and said to his other commanders, “Shoot him, also!” So they shot him with arrows while he was riding in his chariot on the road up to Gur, near Ibleam town. He continued going in his chariot until he reached Megiddo city, where he died.
28His officials took his corpse back to Jerusalem and buried it in the tombs in the part of Jerusalem called ❛The City of David❜, where his ancestors had been buried.
29Ahaziah had become the king of Judah when Joram had been ruling Israel for almost eleven years.
30Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Ahab's widow Jezebel heard what had happened, she put paint/makeup on her eyelids, and combed her hair to make it beautiful, and looked out the window of the palace toward the street below.
31While Jehu was entering the city gate, she called out to him, “You are like Zimri! You are a murderer! I think you are certainly not RHQ comingon apeaceful visit!”
32Jehu looked up toward the window, and then he said, “Who is ◄on my side/wants to help me►? Anyone?” Two or three palace officials looked down at him from a window and pointed to themselves.
33Jehu said to them, “Throw her down here!” So they threw her down, and when she hit the ground and died, some of her blood splattered on the city wall and on the horses that were pulling the chariots.
34Then Jehu went into the palace and ate and drank. Then he said to some of his men, “Take the corpse of that women whom Yahweh has cursed and bury it, because she is a king's daughter and therefore should be buried properly.”
35But when they went to get her corpse to bury it, all that was left was only her skull and the bones of her feet and her hands. Everything else was gone.
36When they reported this to Jehu, he said, “That is what Yahweh said would happen! He told his servant/prophet Elijah, ‘In the city of Jezreel, dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel's corpse.
37Her bones will be scattered there in Jezreel like dung, with the result that no one will be able to recognize them and say, “These are Jezebel's bones.” ’ ”