The Anointing of Jehu

The Anointing of Jehu


ELISHA the prophet called one of his followers and said to him: "Go to Ramoth-Gilead and look for Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi,and cause him to leave his friends and take him into an inner room.
Then take this vial of oil and pour it on his head and say: 'Thus says the Lord, I have anointed you king over Israel.'
Then open the door and flee."

So the young man, who was himself a prophet, went to Ramoth-Gilead and told Jehu that he had a message for him.
Jehu arose and went into his house, and the prophet poured oil on to his head and said: "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel.
And you shall smite the house of Ahab your 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
Then the young man opened the door and fled.

Jehu went back to his people and one of them said to him:"Is all well? What did this madman want with you?"
Jehu told them what the young man had said and they blew on trumpets and said: "Jehu is king."
So Jehu rode in a chariot towards Jezreel, where king Joram of Israel, son of Ahab, was lying wounded after a battle with king Hazael of Syria.
A watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel and he saw the company of Jehu approaching and told the king of it.
Joram said: "Send a horseman to meet them and ask: 'Do you come in peace?"'

So the horseman went to meet Jehu and said: "The king asks if you come in peace?" Jehu said: "What have you to do with peace? Get behind me."
As he did not return, the watchman sent out another messenger who asked Jehu the same question, and again Jehu answered: "What have you to do with
peace? Get behind me."
Then the watchman said: "The messenger reached them, but he has not returned; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu, for he drives furiously."



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