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Yahweh’s Judgment on Ahaziah

1Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
  2And Ahaziah fell down through the lattice in his upper room that was in Samaria and was injured. So he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover of this injury.”
 

3But the angel of Yahweh said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and tell them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you go to inquire of Baal Zebub the god of Ekron?
  4Now therefore, this is what Yahweh says: You will not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but will surely die.’” And Elijah departed.
 

5The messengers returned to him and he said to them, “Why is it that you have returned?”
 

6They said to him, “A man came up to meet us and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you and tell him, This is what Yahweh says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you send to inquire of Baal Zebub the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not come down from the bed on which you have gone up, but will surely die.’”
 

7He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and spoke these words to you?”
 

8They answered him, “He was a hairy man and wearing a leather belt around his waist.”

He said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”
 

9Then the king sent a captain of fifty with his fifty to him. He went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. He said to him, “Man of God, the king has said, ‘Come down!’”
 

10Elijah answered to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty!” Fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
 

11Again he sent to him another captain of fifty and his fifty. He answered him, “Man of God, the king has said, ‘Come down quickly!’”
 

12Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty!” The fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
 

13Again he sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. The third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Elijah and begged him, and said to him, “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty your servants be precious in your eyes.
  14Behold, fire came down from heaven and consumed the two former captains of fifty with their fifties. But now let my life be precious in your eyes.”
 

15The angel of Yahweh said to Elijah, “Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him.” He arose and went down with him to the king.
 

16He said to him, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal Zebub the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word?—therefore you will not come down from the bed on which you have gone up, but will surely die.’”
 

17So he died according to the word of Yahweh that Elijah had spoken. Jehoram began to reign in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, because he had no son.
  18Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
 


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