The murder of King Jehoram in the Naboth vineyard (2 Kings 9:21-9:26)

“King Jehoram said. ‘Get ready.’ They made his chariot ready. Then King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah set out, each in his chariot. They went to meet Jehu. They met him at the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. When King Jehoram saw Jehu, he said. ‘Is it peace, Jehu?’ He answered. ‘What peace can there be, so long as the many whores and sorceries of your mother Jezebel continue?’ Then King Jehoram reined about and fled, saying to King Ahaziah. ‘Treason, King Ahaziah!’ Jehu drew his bow with his full strength. He shot King Jehoram between the shoulders, so that the arrow pierced his heart. He sank in his chariot. Jehu said to his aide Bidkar. ‘Lift him out. Throw him on the plot of ground belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. Remember, when you and I rode side by side behind his father King Ahab how Yahweh uttered this oracle against him. ‘For the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons that I saw yesterday, says Yahweh, I will repay you on this very plot of ground.’ Now therefore lift him up and throw him on the plot of ground, in accordance with the word of Yahweh.”

King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah got in their chariots. They went out to meet Jehu at the infamous vineyard of Naboth as outlined in 1 Kings, chapter 21. When King Jehoram asked if there was peace, Jehu responded that there could never be peace as long as there were whores and sorcerers protected by his mother Jezebel. King Jehoram understood very quickly, that this was not the response that he was expecting. He told his nephew that this was treason and a rebellion if he was speaking this way about Jezebel. He turned his chariot and fled. However, Jehu was a good archer. He took out his bow and arrow and shot him in the back, piercing his heart. This is the only mention of Jehu’s aide Bidkar. However, he reminded him of the Naboth vineyard incident. Thus it seems fitting that the son of King Ahab, King Jehoram, should die and be thrown on the ground in this Naboth vineyard in order to fulfill the word of Yahweh.

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