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2 Kings 1

Ahaziah’s Messengers Meet Elijah

1Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. Ahaziah [the king of Israel] fell through the lattice (grid) in his upper chamber which was in Samaria, and became sick [from the injury]. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of [a]Ekron, if I will recover from this sickness.” But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the [b]Tishbite, “[c]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 Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You [Ahaziah] will not leave the bed on which you lie, but you will certainly die.’” So Elijah departed.

When the messengers returned to Ahaziah, he said to them, “Why have you returned [so soon]?” They replied, “A man came up to meet us and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you and tell him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you send to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed on which you lie, but you will certainly die.’”’” The king asked them, “What was the appearance of the man who came up to meet you and said these things to you?” They answered him, “He was a [d]hairy man with a [wide] leather [e]band bound around his loins.” And Ahaziah said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then the king sent to Elijah a captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men to seize the prophet]. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of a hill. And the captain said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” 10 Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, “So if I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men].” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

11 So King Ahaziah again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men]. And he said to him, “Man of God, thus says the king, ‘Come down quickly.’” 12 Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men].” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

13 So Ahaziah again sent a captain of a third fifty with his fifty [fighting men]. And the third captain of fifty went up and came bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him [for compassion] and said to him, “O man of God, please let my life and the lives of your servants, these fifty, 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 life be precious in your sight.” 15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he stood and went down with him to the king. 16 Then Elijah said to Ahaziah, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Since you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?—therefore you will not leave the bed on which you lie, but will certainly die.’”

Jehoram Reigns over Israel

17 So Ahaziah [the son of King Ahab] died in accordance with the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken. And because he had no son, Jehoram [his younger brother] became king [of Israel, the northern kingdom] in his place in the [f]second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah [the southern kingdom]. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Kings 1:2 One of the five major Philistine cities, located in the north.
  2. 2 Kings 1:3 The location of the town of Tishbe is uncertain, but some believe it was located within the tribal territory of Gad.
  3. 2 Kings 1:3 The Hebrew verb “to stand” or “arise” is often an instruction to get ready to fulfill a command, somewhat similar to the military command “attention.”
  4. 2 Kings 1:8 Most likely a reference to Elijah’s hairy outer garment made of goat, sheep, or camel skin.
  5. 2 Kings 1:8 The band or girdle worn by men during this time was not like a modern belt that is worn around the waist. This band was about six inches wide and had clasps or fasteners in front. It was worn around the loins (the midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips) and was normally made of leather. Expensive or embroidered girdles were also worn and were made of cotton, flax or silk. The girdle also served as a kind of pocket or pouch and was used to carry personal items such as a dagger, money or other necessary things.
  6. 2 Kings 1:17 During the last five years of Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah, his son Jehoram was co-regent with him. This refers to the second year of the co-regency.

Japanese Living Bible

列王記Ⅱ 1

イスラエルの王アハズヤと預言者エリヤ

1アハブ王が死ぬと、モアブの国が独立を宣言し、イスラエルには貢ぎ物を納めないと言いだしました。

さて、イスラエルの新しい王アハズヤ(アハブの子)は、サマリヤにある宮殿の二階のベランダから落ちて、重傷を負いました。そこで、エクロンにあるバアル・ゼブブの神殿に使者たちを送り、傷が治るかどうか、異教の神に伺いを立てさせようとしました。 ところが、主の使いが預言者エリヤにこう告げたのです。「さあ、王の使者に会い、次のように言いなさい。『イスラエルには神がいないとでもいうのか。わざわざエクロンの神バアル・ゼブブに、王が治るかどうか伺いを立てるとは。 4-5 こんな行いをしたので、王は床を離れることができないまま死ぬ。』」

エリヤのことばを聞いた使者たちは、すぐ王のもとへ引き返しました。

「なぜ、こんなに早く帰って来たのか?」と尋ねる王に、使者は答えました。 「ある人が来て、すぐ王のもとへ帰り、こう語るようにと告げたのです。『主は、なぜ王がエクロンの神バアル・ゼブブに伺いを立てるのか、そのわけを知ろうとしておられる。イスラエルに神がおられないとでもいうのか。こんなことをしたからには、王は床から離れることはできず、必ず死ぬ』と。」

アハズヤは、「だれがそんなことを。どんななりをしていたのだ、その者は」と尋ねました。 使者たちが、「毛衣を着て、太い皮帯を締めていました」と答えると、アハズヤは、「うむ、それで間違いない。あの預言者エリヤだ」と言いました。

そこで王は、五十人の兵士に隊長をつけて、エリヤの逮捕に向かわせました。彼らは丘の上に座っているエリヤを見つけて声をかけました。「神の人よ、王の命令だ。いっしょに来てもらおう。」

10 「もし私が神の人なら、天から火が下って、あなたとあなたの五十人の部下を焼き尽くすはずだ」とエリヤが言ったとたん、天からの火が彼らを直撃し、彼らを一人残らず焼き殺してしまいました。

11 王はまた、別の五十人の兵士に隊長をつけ、「神の人よ。すぐ来るようにとの王の命令だ」と彼らに言わせました。

12 エリヤは再び、彼らに答えました。「もし私が神の人なら、天から火が下って、あなたとあなたの五十人の部下を焼き尽くすはずだ。」今度も、主の火が彼らを焼き殺してしまいました。

13 それでも、王はあきらめません。もう一度、五十人の隊を送り出しました。ところが今度の隊長は、エリヤの前にひざまずいて懇願したのです。「神の人よ。どうか、私どものいのちをお助けください。 14 お情けを下さり、前の者たちのように殺さないでください。」 15 その時、御使いがエリヤに、「恐れずに、いっしょに行きなさい」と命じたので、エリヤは王に会いに行きました。 16 エリヤは、王の前でも臆せずに言いました。「なぜあなたは、ご病気のことで、エクロンの神バアル・ゼブブに伺いを立てようと使者を送ったのですか。イスラエルに神がおられないとでもいうのですか。そんなことをなさったので、あなたは床から離れられないまま死にます。」

17 主がエリヤによって予告したとおり、アハズヤは死に、弟ヨラムが王位につきました。アハズヤには世継ぎがなかったからです。それは、ヨシャパテの子でユダの王ヨラムの第二年のことでした。 18 アハズヤのその他の業績は、『イスラエル諸王の年代記』に記録されています。