Now 1Moabrebelled against Israelafter the death of Ahab.
And Ahaziahfellthrough the lattice in his upperchamberwhich was in Samaria, and becameill. So he sentmessengers and said to them, "Go, 2inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, 3whether I will recover from thissickness."
But the angel of the LORDsaid to 4Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, 'Is it becausethere is noGod in Israel that you are going to inquire of 5Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?'
"Now thereforethussays the LORD, 'a6You shall not comedown from the bedwhere you have gone up, but you shall surelydie.' " Then Elijahdeparted.
When the messengersreturned to him he said to them, "bWhy have you returned?"
They said to him, "A mancame up to meet us and said to us, 'Go, return to the kingwhosent you and say to him, "Thussays the LORD, 'Is it becausethere is noGod in Israel that you are sending7to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Thereforecyou shall not comedown from the bedwhere you have gone up, but shall surelydie.' ""'