Then Moabrebelled against Israelafter the death of Ahab.2
And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick : and he sentmessengers, and said unto them, Go , enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.3
But the angel of the LORDsaid to Elijah the Tishbite,Arise , go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?4
Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up , but shalt surelydie . And Elijahdeparted .
And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back ?
And they said unto him, There came a manup to meet us, and said unto us, Go , turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up , but shalt surelydie .
And he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?8
And they answered him, He was an hairyman , and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said , It is Elijah the Tishbite.9
Then the kingsent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said , Come down .
And Elijahanswered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came downfire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.11Again also he sent unto him anothercaptain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the kingsaid , Come downquickly.12
And Elijahanswered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.13
And he sentagain a captain of the thirdfifty with his fifty. And the thirdcaptain of fifty went up , and came and fella on his kneesbeforeElijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.14
Behold, there camefiredown from heaven, and burnt up the twocaptains of the formerfifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.15
And the angel of the LORDsaid unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose , and went down with him unto the king.16
And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sentmessengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up , but shalt surelydie .
So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken . And Jehoramreigned in his stead in the secondyear of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphatking of Judah; because he had no son.18
Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did , are they not written in the book of the chroniclesof the kings of Israel?