Who’s Guilty?
When the prophet Elijah told General Jehu that he would be king of Israel, the general killed his master, the current king. Now there were seventy princes of the royal family left in Samaria, so Jehu wrote to the nobles of the city who were raising the children, saying, “If you’re on my side, bring me the heads of the princes by this time tomorrow.” The nobles killed the boys, put their heads into baskets and sent them to Jehu, who ordered them to be piled in two heaps by the city gate.

The next morning he went out and said to the people, “You are fair-minded judges. I may have killed my master, but who put all these to death?” Then he went to Samaria and killed the rest of the royal family, in fulfillment of the word which the Lord had spoken to Elijah.

— 2 Kings 10

Death to the Unbeliever’s Child
King Jeroboam’s child fell ill, and he said to his wife, “Go to see the prophet Ahijah. He’ll tell you what will happen to the boy.”

When she entered Ahijah’s house, he heard her footsteps and said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. I have bad news for you. Go tell Jeroboam, ‘This is the word of the Lord. I made you king of Israel, but you provoked me to anger by making other gods for yourself. And so I will bring evil on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off those who piss against the wall, and sweep away your people as one sweeps away dung. Those who die in the town shall be food for the dogs, and those who die in the country shall be food for the birds. Go home now; and the moment your feet enter the city, your child will die.’”

— 1 Kings 14

Death to Unbelievers
Samaria shall become desolate because she has rebelled against her God; her babes will fall by the sword and be dashed to the ground, and pregnant women will be ripped up.

— Hosea 13:16

The Lord Imposes Evil Laws
Because the Israelites in the wilderness disobeyed my laws and prayed to the gods of their forefathers, I resolved to vent my fury on them. However, I resisted so that I should not be shamed in the eyes of the nations who saw me bring them out of Egypt, and instead I imposed evil statutes on them and laws which could not lead to life. I made them sacrifice their children in fire, that they might know remorse; then they would know I am the Lord.

— Ezekial 20:24

Death to Both the Righteous and the Wicked
The Lord says: “I am against you; it is because I intend to kill both the righteous and the wicked that my sword shall be drawn against everyone, from the Negeb northwards. All shall know that I, the Lord, have drawn my sword; it will never again be sheathed. Sigh therefore, o man, with the slashing of your private parts, sigh while others watch. When they ask why you are sighing, say, ‘Because what I have heard is about to come. All hearts will melt, all hands will hang limp, all knees will turn to water.’”

— Ezekial 21

How the Lord will become King of all the Earth
A day is coming for the Lord to act. He shall gather all the nations to make war on Jerusalem; the city will be taken, the houses ransacked and the women raped.

Then the Lord will turn against those nations. He will become king over all the earth, and his will be the only name. His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which will be cleft in two, and time will stand still. All in Jerusalem will now live in security, and the Lord will strike with plague the nations who attacked it; their flesh will rot while they are still on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day a great panic sent by the Lord will fall on them, with everyone attacking his neighbor.

— Zechariah 1

The Impertinence of Aaron’s Sons
Moses had the people build a magnificent tabernacle for the Lord, and Aaron and his sons made sacrifice there. One day Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took Aaron’s censer and offered incense to the Lord which he hadn’t asked for; then fire came out from the Lord which completely burned them up, and they died before the Lord.

— Leviticus 10

Ignorance Is No Excuse
The king of Assyria settled some of his people in Samaria. In the early years of the settlement they didn’t pay homage to the Lord, so He sent lions to devour them. The king was told that the deported peoples didn’t know about the god of the country, and that God had sent lions to eat them because of this.

— 2 Kings 17:26

Former Landowners Fulfil Solomon’s Dreams
This is the record of the forced labor which King Solomon conscripted to build the house of the Lord, his own palace and buildings throughout the whole domain. All the survivors of the Amorites, the Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites — that is, those of their descendants who survived, wherever the Israelites had been unable to exterminate them – were used by Solomon as slaves. The Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon and said, “I didn’t believe what they told me. Indeed, I wasn’t told the half of it; your wisdom and wealth far surpass all I had heard. Happy are your servants who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord who has delighted in you and made you king to maintain law and justice.”

King Solomon had a great throne inlaid with ivory and overlaid with gold with twelve lions on the six steps, and nothing like it had ever been made for a monarch. All his cups were of gold, and he had a fleet of merchantmen bringing gold and silver, ivory and monkeys. Thus King Solomon outdid all the kings on the earth in wealth and wisdom, and the whole world courted him to hear the wisdom with which God had endowed his mind. And they brought gifts of gold and silver, perfumes and horses. The king also had seven hundred wives, all princesses, and three hundred concubines.

— Kings 9:15

Fall of the House of David
When King Solomon died the people told his son Rehoboam, “Your father laid a harsh yoke on us, but if you will lighten the harsh labor and taxes he imposed, we’ll serve you. “Give me three days,” he said, “and then come back” He consulted the elders, who advised him to show himself as servant to the people, and to speak kindly to them; but he rejected their advice and went to his friends, who said, “Tell them ‘My little finger is bigger than my father’s penis! My father whipped you, but I will flay you.”

Then the king sent out the commander of forced taxes, but the Israelites stoned him to death, so Rehoboam hastily mounted his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. And from that day to this Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David.

— 1 Kings 12

The Lord Bangs Heads Together
Thus saith the Lord: “Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land with wine until they are drunk – kings of David’s line, priests, prophets and all who live in Jerusalem. I shall dash them one against the other, fathers and sons together; I shall show them no compassion or pity or tenderness, nor refrain from destroying them.”

— Jeremiah 13: 13, 14

Claiming the Promised Land
Twelve men went into Eschol and returned saying it was a fertile land; but the Israelites rebelled against the Lord’s commandments and murmured “Why should we invade? The people are bigger and taller than we are.” So the Lord told Moses “Tell the Israelites, ‘You can drive out all the inhabitants, because I’m giving you the land for yourselves.’” Then Moses spoke to all Israel: “The Lord God delivered Sihon to us and we killed him, and his sons, and all his people. And the Lord delivered into our hands Og the King of Bashan and all his people; Og was the last of the giants, and he had a bedstead made of iron, nine cubits in length and four in breadth. And we killed him and completely annihilated him. We took all his cities and utterly destroyed the men, women and children, of every city, but the cattle and the riches of his cities we took for as loot for ourselves.

The Lord God will bring you into the land he promised your fathers to give you large and beautiful cities which you didn’t build, houses full of good things which you never bought, wells which you didn’t dig, and vineyards and olive trees which you never planted; so be careful not to forget the Lord, (for the Lord your God is a jealous God) in case he should become angry with you, and destroy you from the face of the earth.

The Lord your God shall cast out many for you; he’ll get rid of the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites. And when the Lord God delivers them to you, you must utterly destroy them, make no treaties with them, nor show any mercy to them.

— Deuteronomy 1:23, Numbers 33:50, Deuteronomy 2:33, Deuteronomy 6:10, Deuteronomy 7:1