2 Kings 10:6-9

Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow.”

Now the royal princes, seventy of them, were with the leading men of the city, who were rearing them. 7When the letter arrived, these men took the princes and slaughtered all seventy of them. They put their heads in baskets and sent them to Jehu in Jezreel. 8When the messenger arrived, he told Jehu, “They have brought the heads of the princes.”

Then Jehu ordered, “Put them in two piles at the entrance of the city gate until morning.”

9The next morning Jehu went out. He stood before all the people and said, “You are innocent. It was I who conspired against my master and killed him, but who killed all these?

Jehu knew who killed the 70 sons of Ahab. Why did he ask "who killed all these?" as if he didn't know?


Jehu was a tricky man. He's a scary man. Even the young prophet ran away as soon as he finished delivering the message in 2 Kings 9:

10As for Jezebel, dogs will devour her on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and no one will bury her.’ ” Then he opened the door and ran.

Jehu lied often. Right after the young prophet had run away,

11 When Jehu went out to his fellow officers, one of them asked him, “Is everything all right? Why did this maniac come to you?”

“You know the man and the sort of things he says,” Jehu replied.

12“That’s not true!” they said. “Tell us.”

He lied or said the opposite thing again in 2 Kings 10:

18Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much.

He tricked the prophets of Baal to show up and executed them.

To lie or say the opposite thing was not new to him. There are people like that. Saying the opposite thing and see what would happen. This was his modus operandi. He might just kill anyone who dared to blame him.

Pulpit explains it this way:

but who slew all these? I confess to one murder; but here are seventy murders. And who is guilty of them? Not I, or my party, but the trusted adherents of the Ahabite dynasty, the rulers placed by them over the capital, and the governors to whom they had entrusted the royal children. Does not this show that all parties are weary of the Ahabites and of their system? Does it not clear me of any private or selfish motive, and indicate the desire of the whole nation for a change

Jehu claimed that he was not the only one who wanted to end Ahab's dynasty.


Jehu probably wants to say that this the work of God, as he says in 9:36

When they came back and told him, he said, "This is the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Eli'jah the Tishbite, `In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jez'ebel; 9,37 and the corpse of Jez'ebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jez'ebel.'"

The text itself does not explicitly confirm his view.

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