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2 Ahemfo 1:1-18

Ɔhene Ahasia Adebisa

1Ɔhene Ahab wu akyi no, Moabman tew wɔn ho fii Israel ho, nyaa wɔn ahofadi. 2Da bi, Israelhene foforo Ahasia fii nʼabansoro dan a ɛwɔ Samaria ahemfi mfɛnsere mu tew hwee fam, ma opiraa yiye. Enti ɔsomaa abɔfo kɔɔ Baal-Sebub1.2 Baal-Sebub nkyerɛase ne “nwansena wura.” Saa din yi yɛ fɛwdi din bi a wɔde too Kanaanfo nyame Beelsebul (honhommɔne hene ba) so a ɛwɔ Mat 10.25; 12.27 no. Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, kobisaa sɛ obenya ahoɔden ana.

3Na Awurade bɔfo ka kyerɛɛ Tisbini Elia se, “Kɔ na kohyia Samariahene abɔfo no, na bisa wɔn se, ‘Adɛn nti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene benya ahoɔden ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana?’ 4Mprempren, sɛnea Awurade se ni: ‘Worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara, wubewu.’ ” Na Elia kɔkaa nkra no.

5Bere a abɔfo no san baa ɔhene nkyɛn no, obisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na moaba ntɛm saa?”

6Wobuae se, “Ɔbarima bi behyiaa yɛn, ka kyerɛɛ yɛn se yɛnsan nkɔ ɔhene nkyɛn, na nkra a ɔde fi Awurade nkyɛn a ɔde kaa ho ne sɛ, ‘Adɛn nti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa sɛ ɔhene ho bɛtɔ no ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa nti, worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara, wubewu.’ ”

7Ɔhene no bisae se, “Na saa ɔbarima no yɛ hena? Na ɔte dɛn?”

8Wobuae se, “Na ne ho wɔ nwi a ɔbɔ aboanwoma abɔso.”

Ɔhene no teɛɛ mu se, “Ɛyɛ Tisbini Elia.”

9Ɔsomaa asraafo so safohene ne asraafo aduonum sɛ wɔnkɔkyere no. Wohuu sɛ ɔte bepɔw bi atifi. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, ɔhene asoma yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛfa wo mmra.”

10Na Elia buaa ɔsahene no se, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa de a, ɛno de, ma ogya mfi ɔsoro mmra mmɛhyew wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na ogya fi ɔsoro bekunkum wɔn nyinaa.

11Enti ɔhene no san somaa ɔsafohene foforo a asraafo aduonum ka ne ho. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, ɔhene se bra mprempren ara.”

12Elia buae se, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa de a, ɛno de, ma ogya mfi ɔsoro mmra mmɛhyew wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na bio, ogya fi ɔsoro bekunkum wɔn nyinaa.

13Bio, ɔhene no somaa ɔsafohene bi ne asraafo aduonum. Saa bere yi de, ɔsafohene no kobuu Elia nkotodwe. Ɔsrɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, mesrɛ sɛ, fa me ne saa asomfo aduonum yi nkwa kyɛ yɛn. 14Hwɛ sɛnea ogya fi ɔsoro abɛhyew akuw abien a wodi kan no. Nanso mprempren mesrɛ sɛ, fa me nkwa kyɛ me!”

15Na Awurade bɔfo ka kyerɛɛ Elia se, “Nsuro. Wo ne no nkɔ.” Na Elia sɔre kɔɔ ɔhene no nkyɛn.

16Na Elia ka kyerɛɛ ɔhene no se, “Sɛnea Awurade se ni: Adɛn nti na wosomaa abɔfo kɔɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene benya ahoɔden ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa nti, worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara wubewu.” 17Na Ahasia wui sɛnea Awurade nam Elia so hyɛe no. Esiane sɛ na Ahasia nni ɔbabarima a obedi nʼade nti, ne nuabarima Yoram na odii nʼade sɛ ɔhene. Saa asɛm yi sii Yehosafat a na ɔyɛ Yudahene babarima Yehoram adedi mfe abien mu. 18Nsɛm a esisii wɔ Ahasia ahenni mu no nkae no, wɔankyerɛw angu Israel Ahemfo Abakɔsɛm Nhoma no mu ana?

New International Reader's Version

2 Kings 1:1-18

The Lord Judges Ahaziah

1After King Ahab died, Moab refused to remain under Israel’s control. 2Ahaziah had fallen through the window of his upstairs room in Samaria. He had hurt himself. So he sent messengers to ask the god named Baal-Zebub for advice. Baal-Zebub was the god of the city of Ekron. Ahaziah said to the messengers, “Go and ask Baal-Zebub whether I will get well again.”

3But the angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah, who was from Tishbe. The angel said, “Go up to see the messengers of Ahaziah, the king of Samaria. Tell them, ‘You are on your way to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Are you going there to pray to that god? Do you think there is no God in Israel?’ 4The Lord says to Ahaziah, ‘You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!’ ” So Elijah went to see the messengers.

5They returned to the king. He asked them, “Why have you come back?”

6“A man met us on our way there,” they replied. “He said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you. Tell him, “The Lord says, ‘You are sending messengers to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Are you going there to pray to that god? Do you think there is no God in Israel? You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!’ ” ’ ”

7The king asked the messengers, “What kind of man came to see you? Who told you these things?”

8They replied, “He was wearing clothes made out of hair. He had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah from Tishbe.”

9Then Ahaziah sent a captain to Elijah. The captain had his group of 50 fighting men with him. Elijah was sitting on top of a hill. The captain went up to him. He said to Elijah, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’ ”

10Elijah answered the captain, “If I’m really a man of God, may fire come down from heaven! May it burn up you and your 50 men!” Then fire came down from heaven. It burned up the captain and his men.

11After that happened, the king sent another captain to Elijah. The captain had his 50 men with him. He said to Elijah, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down at once!’ ”

12Elijah replied, “If I’m really a man of God, may fire come down from heaven! May it burn up you and your 50 men!” Then the fire of God came down from heaven. It burned up the captain and his 50 men.

13So the king sent a third captain with his 50 men. The captain went up to Elijah. He fell on his knees in front of him. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life! Please have respect for the lives of these 50 men! 14Fire has come down from heaven. It has burned up the first two captains and all their men. But please have respect for my life!”

15The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down along with him. Don’t be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down to the king with the captain.

16Elijah told the king, “The Lord says, ‘You have sent messengers to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Did you go there to pray to that god for advice? Do you think there is no God in Israel? You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!’ ” 17So King Ahaziah died. It happened just as the Lord had said it would. He had spoken that message through Elijah.

Ahaziah didn’t have any sons. So Joram, his younger brother, became the next king after him. It was the second year of Jehoram, the king of Judah. Jehoram was the son of Jehoshaphat. 18All the other events of Ahaziah’s rule are written down. Everything he did is written in the official records of the kings of Israel.