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Jehu

The Bible

Bible Usage:

  • Jehu used 59 times.

Dictionaries:

  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

 

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jehu

Jehovah is he.

1. The son of Obed, and father of Azariah (1 Chronicles 2:38).

2. One of the Benjamite slingers that joined David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:3).

3. The son of Hanani, a prophet of Judah (1 Kings 16:1, 7; 2 Chronicles 19:2; 20:34), who pronounced the sentence of God against Baasha, the king of Israel.

4. King of Israel, the son of Jehoshaphat (2 Kings 9:2), and grandson of Nimshi. The story of his exaltation to the throne is deeply interesting. During the progress of a war against the Syrians, who were becoming more and more troublesome to Israel, in a battle at Ramoth-gilead Jehoram, the king of Israel, had been wounded; and leaving his army there, had returned to Jezreel, whither his ally, Ahaziah, king of Judah, had also gone on a visit of sympathy with him (2 Kings 8:28, 29). The commanders, being left in charge of the conduct of the war, met in council; and while engaged in their deliberations, a messenger from Elisha appeared in the camp, and taking Jehu from the council, led him into a secret chamber, and there anointed him king over Israel, and immediately retired and disappeared (2 Kings 9:5, 6). On being interrogated by his companions as to the object of this mysterious visitor, he informed them of what had been done, when immediately, with the utmost enthusiasm, they blew their trumpets and proclaimed him king (2 Kings 9:11-14). He then with a chosen band set forth with all speed to Jezreel, where, with his own hand, he slew Jehoram, shooting him through the heart with an arrow (9:24). The king of Judah, when trying to escape, was fatally wounded by one of Jehu's soldiers at Beth-gan. On entering the city, Jehu commanded the eunchs of the royal palace to cast down Jezebel into the street, where her mangled body was trodden under foot by the horses. Jehu was now master of Jezreel, whence he communicated with the persons in authority in Samaria the capital, commanding them to appear before him on the morrow with the heads of all the royal princes of Samaria. Accordingly on the morrow seventy heads were piled up in two heaps at his gate. At "the shearing-house" (2 Kings 10:12-14) other forty-two connected with the house of Ahab were put to death (2 Kings 10:14). As Jehu rode on toward Samaria, he met Jehonadab (q.v.), whom he took into his chariot, and they entered the capital together. By a cunning stratagem he cut off all the worshippers of Baal found in Samaria (2 Kings 10:19-25), and destroyed the temple of the idol (2 Kings 10:27).

Notwithstanding all this apparent zeal for the worship of Jehovah, Jehu yet tolerated the worship of the golden calves at Dan and Bethel. For this the divine displeasure rested upon him, and his kingdom suffered disaster in war with the Syrians (2 Kings 10:29-33). He died after a reign of twenty-eight years (B.C. 884-856), and was buried in Samaria (10:34-36). "He was one of those decisive, terrible, and ambitious, yet prudent, calculating, and passionless men whom God from time to time raises up to change the fate of empires and execute his judgments on the earth." He was the first Jewish king who came in contact with the Assyrian power in the time of Shalmaneser II.


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehu

himself who exists


Naves Topical Index
Jehu

1. The prophet who announced the wrath of Jehovah against Baasha, king of Israel
1 Kings 16:1; 1 Kings 16:7; 1 Kings 16:12; 2 Chronicles 19:2; 2 Chronicles 20:34

2. Son of Nimshi, king of Israel

General references
1 Kings 19:16; 2 Kings 9:1-14

Religious zeal of, in slaying idolaters
2 Kings 9:14-37; 2 Kings 10:1-28; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9

His territory invaded by Hazael, king of Syria
2 Kings 10:32-33

Prophecies concerning
1 Kings 19:17; 2 Kings 10:30; 2 Kings 15:12; Hosea 1:4

Death of
2 Kings 10:35

3. Son of Obed
1 Chronicles 2:38

4. Son of Josibiah
1 Chronicles 4:35

5. A Benjamite
1 Chronicles 12:3


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehu

(the living).

  1. The founder of the fifth dynasty of the kingdom of Isr'l, son of Jehoshaphat. (2 Kings 9:2) He reigned over Isr'l 28 years, B.C. 884-856. His first appearance in history is when he heard the warning of Elijah against the murderer of Naboth. (2 Kings 9:25) In the reigns of Ahaziah and Jehoram, Jehu rose to importance. He was, under the last-named king, captain of the host in the siege of Ramoth-gilead. During this siege he was anointed by Elisha's servant, and told that he was appointed to be king of Isr'l and destroyer of the house of Ahab. (2 Kings 9:12) The army at once ordained him king, and he set off full speed for Jezreel. Jehoram, who was lying ill in Jezreel, came out to meet him, as it happened on the fatal field of Naboth. (2 Kings 9:21-24) Jehu seized his opportunity, and shot him through the heart. (2 Kings 9:24) Jehu himself advanced to the gates of Jezreel and fulfilled the divine warning on Jezebel as already on Jehoram. He then entered on a work of extermination hitherto unparalleled in the history of the Jewish monarchy. All the descendants of Ahab that remained in Jezreel, together with the officers of the court and the hierarchy of Eastward, were swept away. His next step was to secure Samaria. For the pretended purpose of inaugurating anew the worship of Baal, he called all the Bailouts together at Samaria. The vast temple raised by Ahab, (1 Kings 16:32) was crowded from end to end. The chief sacrifice was offered, as if in the excess of his zeal, by Jehu himself. As soon as it was ascertained that all, and none but, the idolaters were there, the signal was given to eighty trusted guards, and sweeping massacre removed at one blow the whole heathen population of the kingdom of Isr'l. This is the last public act recorded of Jehu. The remaining twenty-seven years of his long reign are passed over in a few words, in which two points only are material:

    He did not destroy the calf-worship of Jeroboam:

    The transjordanic tribes suffered much from the ravages of Haz'l. (2 Kings 10:29-33) He was buried in state in Samaria, and was succeeded by his son Jehoahaz. (2 Kings 10:35) His name is the first of the Isr'lite kings which appears in the Assyrian monuments.

  2. Jehu son of Hanani; a prophet of Judah, but whose ministrations were chiefly directed to Isr'l. His father was probably the seer who attacked Asa. (2 Chronicles 16:7) He must have begun his career as a prophet when very young. He first denounced Baasha, (1 Kings 16:1,7) and then, after an interval of thirty years, reappeared to denounce Jehoshaphat for his alliance with Ahab. (2 Chronicles 19:2,3) He survived Jehoshaphat and wrote his life. ch. (2 Chronicles 20:34)
  3. A man of Judah of the house of Hezron. (1 Chronicles 2:38)
  4. A Simeonite, son of Josibiah. (1 Chronicles 4:35)
  5. Jehu the Antothite was one of the chief of the heroes of Benjamin who joined David at Ziklag. (1 Chronicles 12:3)


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehubbah

hiding, binding


Naves Topical Index
Jehubbah

An Asherite.
1 Chronicles 7:34


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehubbah

(protected), a man of Asher, son of Shamer or Shomer, of the house of Beriah. (1 Chronicles 7:34) (B.C. perhaps about 1450.)


Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jehucal

Able, the son of Shelemiah. He is also called Jucal (Jeremiah 38:1). He was one of the two persons whom Zedekiah sent to request the prophet Jeremiah to pray for the kingdom (Jeremiah 37:3) during the time of its final siege by Nebuchadnezzar. He was accompanied by Zephaniah (q.v.).


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehucal

mighty; perfect; wasted


Naves Topical Index
Jehucal

Called also Jucal, son of Shelemiah.
Jeremiah 37:3; Jeremiah 38:1; Jeremiah 38:4


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehucal

(able), son of Shelemiah; one of two persons sent by King Zedekiah to Jeremiah to entreat his prayers and advice. (Jeremiah 37:3) (B.C. 589.)


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehud

Jehudi, praising; conferring


Naves Topical Index
Jehud

A city of Dan.
Joshua 19:45


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehud

(praised), one of the towns of the tribe of Dan, (Joshua 19:45) named between Baalath and Bene-berak.


Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jehudi

A Jew, son of Nethaniah. He was sent by the princes to invite Baruch to read Jeremiah's roll to them (Jeremiah 36:14, 21).


Naves Topical Index
Jehudi

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehudi

(a Jew), son of Nethaniah, a man employed by the princes of Jehoiakim's court to fetch Baruch to read Jeremiah's denunciation, (Jeremiah 36:14) and then by the king to fetch the volume itself and read it to him. vs. (Jeremiah 36:21,23) (B.C. 605.)


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehudijah

the praise of the Lord


Naves Topical Index
Jehudijah

Wife of Ezra.
1 Chronicles 4:18


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehudijah

(the Jewess). There is really no such name in the Hebrew Bible as that which our Authorized Version exhibits at (1 Chronicles 4:18) If it is a proper name at all, it is Ha-jehudijah, like Hammelech, Hak-koz, etc.; and it seems to be rather an appellative, "the Jewess."


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Jehush

keeping counsel; fastened


Naves Topical Index
Jehush

A Benjamite.
1 Chronicles 8:39


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Jehush

(to whom God hastens), son of eshek, a remote descendant of Saul. (1 Chronicles 8:39)