Jehu prepares to usurp power (2 Kings 9:14-9:16)

“Thus Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against King Jehoram. King Jehoram with all Israel had been on guard at Ramoth-gilead against King Hazael of Aram. However, King Jehoram had returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Arameans had inflicted on him, when he fought against King Hazael of Aram. Jehu said. ‘If this is your wish, then let no one slip out of the city to go and tell the news in Jezreel.’ Then Jehu mounted his chariot. He went to Jezreel, where King Jehoram was laying ill. King Ahaziah of Judah had come down to visit King Jehoram.”

Jehu conspired to take over the kingship from King Jehoram. The king had been at Ramoth-gilead until he was wounded in a battle with King Hazael of the Arameans. Then King Jehoram went to Jezreel to recuperate from his wounds. Jehu told the people at Ramoth-gilead that no one was to go to Jezreel to tell King Jehoram of what was happening here. Then Jehu mounted his chariot and went to Jezreel, where King Jehoram of Israel and his nephew King Ahaziah of Judah were.

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