|2 Kings 1 |
1 After the death of Ahab, Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 Now King Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was injured; so he sent messengers saying to them, "Go, inquire of Baalzebub [Baal], the god of Ekron [of the Philistines], whether I shall recover from this disease."
3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them: 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron?'
4 Now therefore, thus says the LORD, 'You [Ahaziah] shall not leave the bed you are lying on, but shall surely die.'" Then Elijah departed.
5 And when the messengers returned to Ahaziah, he said to them, "Why have you returned?"
6 So they said to him, "A man came up to meet us and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, Thus says the LORD: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not leave the bed you are lying on, but you shall surely die.'"
7 And the king said to them, "What kind of man was he who came to meet you and spoke these words to you?"
8 And they answered him, "He was a man with a garment of hair who had a leather belt about his loins." And the king said, "It is Elijah the Tishbite."
9 Then the king sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. And the captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill and said to him, "Man of God, the king has said, 'Come down.'"
10 And Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.
11 Then the king sent another captain with a company of fifty men to him. And the captain said to Elijah, "O man of God, thus has the king said, 'Come down quickly.'"
12 And Elijah answered, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his men.
13 And the king sent again a third captain of fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up and fell on his knees before Elijah and pleaded with him and said, "O man of God, I pray you, let my life and the life of these fifty servant of yours, be precious in your sight.
14 Behold, fire came down from heaven and burned up the first two captains and their fifty men. Therefore let my life now be precious in your sight."
15 Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So he arose and went with him to the king.
16 And Elijah said to Ahaziah the king, "Thus says the LORD, Is it because there is no God in Israel, to inquire of his word, that you have sent messengers to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? Because of this you shall not leave the bed you are lying on, but you shall surely die."
17 So Ahaziah died according to the word of the LORD that Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, because Ahaziah had no son.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.