Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Jezebel’s Death

The prophet Elisha sent one of the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu as king of Israel and instruct him to strike down the family of Ahab. Jehu followed his instructions and killed Joram, the son of Jezebel and Ahab at the property of Naboth.

When word reached Jezebel in her royal palace that Jehu had killed her son, she knew he would be coming after her next. She responded by painting her face, adorning her head, and making herself look as regal as possible. 

Jezebel looked through a window as Jehu entered the palace gate. She asked him if he came in peace, although she knew the answer. 

Jehu looked up at the window and asked “Who is on my side?” The eunuchs serving her looked out at him. Jehu told them to throw her down, and that’s what they did. They threw her out the window and the horses trampled her. 

Jehu entered the palace and ate and drank. Then he gave instruction to go out and bury the wicked Jezebel. But when they went outside, all they found was her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands. This fulfilled the Elijah’s prophecy that dogs would eat her flesh, “and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.’” (2 Kings 9:37)

Jezebel spent her life watching out for herself, doing what seemed right in her own eyes, but God put an end to her selfish and evil behavior in a most dramatic way. 

Read about Jezebel’s death in Scripture: 2 Kings 9

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