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1 After Ahab’s death, Moaba rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers,b saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub,c the god of Ekron,d to see if I will recovere from this injury.”
3 But the angelf of the Lord said to Elijahg the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israelh that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leavei the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ ” So Elijah went.
6 “A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leavej the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” ’ ”
The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”
10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then firen fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.
13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my lifeo and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”
16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengersr to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leaves the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 So he died,t according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.
Because Ahaziah had no son, Joramb u succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. 18 As for all the other events of Ahaziah’s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?
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