2 Kings 10:3
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New International Version
choose the best and most worthy of your master's sons and set him on his father's throne. Then fight for your master's house."

New Living Translation
select the best qualified of your master's sons to be your king, and prepare to fight for Ahab's dynasty."

English Standard Version
select the best and fittest of your master’s sons and set him on his father’s throne and fight for your master’s house.”

New American Standard Bible
select the best and fittest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."

King James Bible
Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

Christian Standard Bible
select the most qualified of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

Contemporary English Version
choose the best person for the job and make him the next king. Then be prepared to defend Ahab's family.

Good News Translation
you are to choose the best qualified of the king's descendants, make him king, and fight to defend him."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
select the most qualified of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

International Standard Version
select the best and most qualified of your master's sons, set him in place on his father's throne, and fight for your master's dynasty!"

NET Bible
pick the best and most capable of your master's sons, place him on his father's throne, and defend your master's dynasty."

New Heart English Bible
Select the best and fittest of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
choose the best and most honest of your master's heirs, and put him on Ahab's throne. Fight for your master's family."

JPS Tanakh 1917
look ye out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.'

New American Standard 1977
select the best and fittest of your master’s sons, and set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
see which is the best and most upright of your master's sons and set him on his father's throne and fight for your master's house.

King James 2000 Bible
Choose the best and fittest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

American King James Version
Look even out the best and meet of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

American Standard Version
look ye out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Choose the best, and him that shall please you most of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for the house of your master.

Darby Bible Translation
look out the best and worthiest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

English Revised Version
look ye out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Look out the best and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

World English Bible
Select the best and fittest of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house."

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have seen the best and the uprightest of the sons of your lord, and have set him on the throne of his father, and fight ye for the house of your lord.'
Study Bible
Jehu Slaughters Ahab's Family
2"Now, when this letter comes to you, since your master's sons are with you, as well as the chariots and horses and a fortified city and the weapons, 3select the best and fittest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house." 4But they feared greatly and said, "Behold, the two kings did not stand before him; how then can we stand?"…
Cross References
2 Kings 10:2
"Now, when this letter comes to you, since your master's sons are with you, as well as the chariots and horses and a fortified city and the weapons,

2 Kings 10:4
But they feared greatly and said, "Behold, the two kings did not stand before him; how then can we stand?"
Treasury of Scripture

Look even out the best and meet of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.

Look even

Deuteronomy 17:14,15 When you are come to the land which the LORD your God gives you, …

1 Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See you him whom the LORD has …

1 Samuel 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king …

2 Samuel 2:8,9 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth …

1 Kings 1:24,25 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, have you said, Adonijah shall reign …

1 Kings 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come …

fight for

2 Samuel 2:12-17 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son …

1 Kings 12:21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house …

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were …

(3) The best and meetest--i.e., the one you think best qualified in every sense (not merely in the moral sense).

Your master's sons.--"Your master" need not mean Jehoram. The story relates to Ahab (2Kings 10:1).

His father's throne--i.e., Ahab's throne. (Comp. 2Chronicles 17:3; 2Chronicles 21:12; 2Chronicles 29:2, where David is called the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Hezekiah in turn.)

Fight for your master's house.--Jehu thus declares his own warlike intentions, leaving the nobles, whom his prompt and decisive action had taken by surprise, no choice between improvised resistance and instant submission. Knowing Jehu's character as a soldier, they chose the latter.

Verse 3. - Look even out the belt and meetest of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne. "Choose," i.e., "among the sons of Joram the strongest, the boldest, and the ablest, and make him king in his father's zoom; take him for your leader against me; do not hesitate and beat about the bush; but at once make up your minds, and let me know what I have to expect." And fight for your master's house. There had been a civil war before the dynasty of Omri succeeded in settling itself on the throne (1 Kings 16:21, 22). Jehu believes, or affects to believe, that there will now be another. He does not deprecate it, but invites it. Probably he felt tolerably confident that the garrison of Samaria, even if called upon by the municipality, would not venture to take up arms against the army of Ramoth-Gilead, which had declared itself in his favor. Still, supposing that it did, he was not fearful of the result. Look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons,.... Most fit for government, whether on account of age or proper qualifications, and wisdom, courage, &c.

and set him on his father's throne; proclaim him king:

and fight for your master's house; that the crown may continue in his family; all which he did not desire might be, but in this sarcastic and sneering manner dares them to do it. 10:1-14 In the most awful events, though attended by the basest crimes of man, the truth and justice of God are to be noticed; and he never did nor can command any thing unjust or unreasonable. Jehu destroyed all that remained of the house of Ahab; all who had been partners in his wickedness. When we think upon the sufferings and miseries of mankind, when we look forward to the resurrection and last judgment, and think upon the vast number of the wicked waiting their awful sentence of everlasting fire; when the whole sum of death and misery has been considered, the solemn question occurs, Who slew all these? The answer is, SIN. Shall we then harbour sin in our bosoms, and seek for happiness from that which is the cause of all misery?
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