2 Kings 1 New American Standard Bible

The Death of Ahaziah

1 1 Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab . 2 And Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria , and became ill . So he sent messengers and said to them, "Go , inquire of Baal-zebub , the god of Ekron , whether I will recover from this sickness ." 3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite , "Arise , go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, 'Is it because e there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub , the god of Ekron ?' 4 "Now therefore thus says the Lord , '[1] You shall not come down from the bed where e you have gone up, but you shall surely die .' " Then Elijah departed . 5 When the messengers returned to him he said to them, "[2]Why have you returned ?" 6 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 e there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub , the god of Ekron ? Therefore [3]you shall not come down from the bed where e you have gone up, but shall surely die .' ""' 7 He said to them, "What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and spoke these words to you?" 8 They [4]answered him, " He was a hairy man with a leather girdle [5]bound about his loins ." And he said , "It is Elijah the Tishbite ."

9 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty . And he went up to him, and behold , he was sitting on the top of the hill . And he said to him, "O man of God , the king says , 'Come down .' " 10 Elijah replied to the captain of fifty , "If I am a man of God , let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty ." Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty . 11 So he again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty . And he said to him, "O man of God , thus says the king , 'Come down quickly .' " 12 Elijah replied to them, "If I am a man of God , let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty ." Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty . 13 So he again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty . When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah , and begged him and said to him, "O man of God , please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight . 14 "Behold fire came down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties ; but now let my [6]life be precious in your sight ." 15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah , "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So he arose and went down with him to the king . 16 Then he said to him, "Thus says the Lord , 'Because e you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub , the god of Ekron -is it because e there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word ?-therefore [7]you shall not come down from the bed where e you have gone up, but shall surely die .' " 17 So Ahaziah died according to the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken . And because he had no son , Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat , king of Judah . 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did , are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles e of the Kings of Israel ?

Footnotes

[1] 1:4 Lit "The bed where you went up, you shall not come down from it"

[2] 1:5 Lit "What is this that you have returned?"

[3] 1:6 V 4, note 1

[4] 1:8 Lit "said"

[5] 1:8 Or "girt"

[6] 1:14 Lit "soul"

[7] 1:16 V 4, note 1



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