Ahab's death brought no relief to Israel, for his son, Joram, too,
was a tyrant. And so the Prophet Elisha, with oil from the sacred
horn, anointed young Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, and the people of
Israel accepted him as their king.
Jehu leaped into his chariot and
toward Jezreel. It chanced that a watchman on the wall of the city
saw the dust from Jehu's chariot, and he warned King Joram.
Joram sprang into
his own chariot and rode forth from the palace to meet the
stranger. As the two chariots drew together, Jehu shouted: "I
have come to punish you and your mother Jezebel for all the evil
you have brought to our people." And drawing his bow with his
full strength, he sent an arrow into Joram's heart. Then he
ordered the king's body thrown to the dogs, and drove on to the
learned of Jehu's approach, she painted her face and adorned her
body and leaned out of her window, hoping to entice the man who
had slain her son. But Jehu coldly ordered the eunuchs to hurl
their wicked mistress down from the window, and she was dashed to
death upon the stones of the street. And so was the house of Ahab
destroyed and the word of the prophets fulfilled.