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2 Kings 1:1-16 (New American Standard)

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Ahaziah's Messengers Meet Elijah

1 Now 1Moab 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, 2inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, 3whether I will recover from this sickness." 3 But the angel of the LORD said to 4Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up to 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 5Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?' 4 "Now therefore thus says the LORD, 'a6You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.' " Then Elijah departed. 5 When the messengers returned to him he said to them, "bWhy 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 there is no God in Israel that you are sending 7to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore cyou shall not come down from the bed where 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 danswered him, "8He was a hairy man with a leather girdle ebound about his loins." And he said, "It is Elijah the Tishbite." 9 Then the king 9sent 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, 10let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." 11Then 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 12again 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 flife be precious in your sight." 15 13The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him; 14do 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 you have sent messengers 15to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron -is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?-therefore gyou shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.' "
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