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jehu


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jehu  \Je"hu\,  n.  [From  Jehu,  son  of  Nimshi.  2  Kings  ix  20.] 
  A  coachman;  a  driver;  especially,  one  who  drives  furiously. 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Jehu 
  Jehovah  is  he  (1.)  The  son  of  Obed,  and  father  of  Azariah  (1 
  Chr.  2:38). 
 
  (2.)  One  of  the  Benjamite  slingers  that  joined  David  at  Ziklag 
  (1  Chr.  12:3). 
 
  (3.)  The  son  of  Hanani,  a  prophet  of  Judah  (1  Kings  16:1,  7;  2 
  Chr.  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 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jehu,  himself  who  exists