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2 Kings chapter 10

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Now Ahab had seventy sons in Sama'ria. So Jehu wrote letters, and sent them to Sama'ria, to the rulers of the city, to the elders, and to the guardians of the sons of Ahab, saying,
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"Now then, as soon as this letter comes to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, fortified cities also, and weapons,
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select the best and fittest of your master's sons and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."
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But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, "Behold, the two kings could not stand before him; how then can we stand?"
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So he who was over the palace, and he who was over the city, together with the elders and the guardians, sent to Jehu, saying, "We are your servants, and we will do all that you bid us. We will not make any one king; do whatever is good in your eyes."
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Then he wrote to them a second letter, saying, "If you are on my side, and if you are ready to obey me, take the heads of your master's sons, and come to me at Jezreel tomorrow at this time." Now the king's sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were bringing them up.
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And when the letter came to them, they took the king's sons, and slew them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent them to him at Jezreel.
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When the messenger came and told him, "They have brought the heads of the king's sons," he said, "Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until the morning."
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Then in the morning, when he went out, he stood, and said to all the people, "You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master, and slew him; but who struck down all these?
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Know then that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the LORD has done what he said by his servant Eli'jah."
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So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, all his great men, and his familiar friends, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
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Then he set out and went to Sama'ria. On the way, when he was at Beth-eked of the Shepherds,
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Jehu met the kinsmen of Ahazi'ah king of Judah, and he said, "Who are you?" And they answered, "We are the kinsmen of Ahazi'ah, and we came down to visit the royal princes and the sons of the queen mother."
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He said, "Take them alive." And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them.
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And when he departed from there, he met Jehon'adab the son of Rechab coming to meet him; and he greeted him, and said to him, "Is your heart true to my heart as mine is to yours?" And Jehon'adab answered, "It is." Jehu said, "If it is, give me your hand." So he gave him his hand. And Jehu took him up with him into the chariot.
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And he said, "Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD." So he had him ride in his chariot.
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And when he came to Sama'ria, he slew all that remained to Ahab in Sama'ria, till he had wiped them out, according to the word of the LORD which he spoke to Eli'jah.
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Then Jehu assembled all the people, and said to them, "Ahab served Ba'al a little; but Jehu will serve him much.
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Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Ba'al, all his worshipers and all his priests; let none be missing, for I have a great sacrifice to offer to Ba'al; whoever is missing shall not live." But Jehu did it with cunning in order to destroy the worshipers of Ba'al.
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And Jehu ordered, "Sanctify a solemn assembly for Ba'al." So they proclaimed it.
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And Jehu sent throughout all Israel; and all the worshipers of Ba'al came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And they entered the house of Ba'al, and the house of Ba'al was filled from one end to the other.
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He said to him who was in charge of the wardrobe, "Bring out the vestments for all the worshipers of Ba'al." So he brought out the vestments for them.
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Then Jehu went into the house of Ba'al with Jehon'adab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Ba'al, "Search, and see that there is no servant of the LORD here among you, but only the worshipers of Ba'al."
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Then he went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed eighty men outside, and said, "The man who allows any of those whom I give into your hands to escape shall forfeit his life."
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So as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guard and to the officers, "Go in and slay them; let not a man escape." So when they put them to the sword, the guard and the officers cast them out and went into the inner room of the house of Ba'al
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and they brought out the pillar that was in the house of Ba'al, and burned it.
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And they demolished the pillar of Ba'al, and demolished the house of Ba'al, and made it a latrine to this day.
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Thus Jehu wiped out Ba'al from Israel.
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But Jehu did not turn aside from the sins of Jerobo'am the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and in Dan.
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And the LORD said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel."
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But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the LORD the God of Israel with all his heart; he did not turn from the sins of Jerobo'am, which he made Israel to sin.
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In those days the LORD began to cut off parts of Israel. Haz'ael defeated them throughout the territory of Israel:
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from the Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manas'sites, from Aro'er, which is by the valley of the Arnon, that is, Gilead and Bashan.
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Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
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So Jehu slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Sama'ria. And Jeho'ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
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The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Sama'ria was twenty-eight years.

2 Kings chapter 11

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Now when Athali'ah the mother of Ahazi'ah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family.
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But Jehosh'eba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahazi'ah, took Jo'ash the son of Ahazi'ah, and stole him away from among the king's sons who were about to be slain, and she put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. Thus she hid him from Athali'ah, so that he was not slain;
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and he remained with her six years, hid in the house of the LORD, while Athali'ah reigned over the land.
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But in the seventh year Jehoi'ada sent and brought the captains of the Carites and of the guards, and had them come to him in the house of the LORD; and he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the LORD, and he showed them the king's son.
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And he commanded them, "This is the thing that you shall do: one third of you, those who come off duty on the sabbath and guard the king's house
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(another third being at the gate Sur and a third at the gate behind the guards), shall guard the palace;
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and the two divisions of you, which come on duty in force on the sabbath and guard the house of the LORD,
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shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand; and whoever approaches the ranks is to be slain. Be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in."
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The captains did according to all that Jehoi'ada the priest commanded, and each brought his men who were to go off duty on the sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the sabbath, and came to Jehoi'ada the priest.
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And the priest delivered to the captains the spears and shields that had been King David's, which were in the house of the LORD;
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and the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house.
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Then he brought out the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they proclaimed him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, "Long live the king!"
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When Athali'ah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD to the people;
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and when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. And Athali'ah rent her clothes, and cried, "Treason! Treason!"
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Then Jehoi'ada the priest commanded the captains who were set over the army, "Bring her out between the ranks; and slay with the sword any one who follows her." For the priest said, "Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD."
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So they laid hands on her; and she went through the horses' entrance to the king's house, and there she was slain.
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And Jehoi'ada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people, that they should be the LORD's people; and also between the king and the people.
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Then all the people of the land went to the house of Ba'al, and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they slew Mattan the priest of Ba'al before the altars. And the priest posted watchmen over the house of the LORD.
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And he took the captains, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, marching through the gate of the guards to the king's house. And he took his seat on the throne of the kings.
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So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet after Athali'ah had been slain with the sword at the king's house.
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Jeho'ash was seven years old when he began to reign.

2 Timothy chapter 3

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But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress.
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For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
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inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good,
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treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
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holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.
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For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses,
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who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
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As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith;
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but they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
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Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
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my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico'nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
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Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
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while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
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and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
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All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
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that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy chapter 4

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I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
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preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
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For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,
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and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
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As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
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For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.
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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
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Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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Do your best to come to me soon.
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For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessaloni'ca; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
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Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.
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Tych'icus I have sent to Ephesus.
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When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Tro'as, also the books, and above all the parchments.
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Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will requite him for his deeds.
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Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.
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At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
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But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
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The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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Greet Prisca and Aq'uila, and the household of Onesiph'orus.
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Eras'tus remained at Corinth; Troph'imus I left ill at Mile'tus.
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Do your best to come before winter. Eubu'lus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
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The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
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