We start another story and another phase of the work.
1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab’s [children], saying, The charge was to destroy the whole house of Ahab. This meant they were not finished until his sons were slain with all the worshipers of Baal.
2 Now as soon as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master’s sons [are] with you, and [there are] with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour. They were warned to prepare for the battle. They expected this confrontation to occur. They were entrenched and would survive if God were on their side.
3 Look even out the best and meetest of your master’s sons, and set [him] on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house. It was the idea that God was with them that they began to doubt. No one of the sons of the king wanted the job.
4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand? Records of the success of Jehu against his enemies implied God was with him. Joram and Ahaziah were kings and they fell before him.
5 And he that [was] over the house, and he that [was] over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up [of the children], sent to Jehu, saying, We [are] thy servants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us; we will not make any king: do thou [that which is] good in thine eyes. They decided to surrender. They were willing to give the seventy to Jehu to do whatever he wanted to them.
6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If ye [be] mine, and [if] ye will hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master’s sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to morrow this time. Now the king’s sons, [being] seventy persons, [were] with the great men of the city, which brought them up. Jehu told them it was not a question of what he would do to the seventy, they were the ones to deal with them.
7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him [them] to Jezreel. So they dealt with them. They were no longer aligned with the house of Ahab.
8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king’s sons. And he said, Lay ye them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning. Thirty five heads in two heaps on either side of the gates of Jezreel until the morning as a testimony to all who past by.
9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, Ye [be] righteous: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? You are not guilty of this thing. And you know that I am not guilty of this thing. Then who is guilty of what happened to these people?
10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done [that] which he spake by his servant Elijah. The answer is God has done this thing. Just as you see the end of the sons of Ahab so you will see the end of all things associated with him because what God has started he will finish.
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolk’s, and his priests, until he left him none remaining. And so it was all the remnants of the system that was Baal worship in Israel were removed.
12 And he arose and departed, and came to Samaria. [And] as he [was] at the shearing house in the way, He was on his way to Samaria and he met these men. They claimed to be part of the household of Ahaziah and had not heard of events that affected the family of Ahab or the house of David.
13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who [are] ye? And they answered, We [are] the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen. They were doing what they were always doing unaware of the changes.
14 And he said, Take them alive. And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of the shearing house, [even] two and forty men; neither left he any of them. So Jehu took them alive. There were forty two men and they were all slain in the pit of the shearing house.