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Anden Kongebog 1

Konflikten mellem kong Ahazja og Elias

1Efter kong Ahabs død gjorde Moab oprør mod Israels overherredømme. Det var, mens Ahazja var konge over Israel.

En dag var Ahazja så uheldig at falde ud af vinduet fra øverste etage i sit palads i Samaria. Han var døden nær, og han sendte derfor nogle folk af sted til Ekron for at spørge filistrenes gud, Baʼal-Zebub, om han ville overleve.

I mellemtiden havde Herrens engel sagt til profeten Elias fra Tishbe: „Først skal du gå sendebudene fra Samarias konge i møde og stille dem følgende spørgsmål: ‚Findes der ingen Gud i Israel, siden I skal hen og spørge filistrenes gud, Baʼal-Zebub, til råds?’ Derefter skal du sige til dem: ‚Gå tilbage til kongen med følgende budskab fra Herren: Du kommer ikke til at rejse dig fra den seng, du ligger i, for du skal dø.’ ” Elias tog straks af sted, traf kongens sendebud og overbragte sit budskab.

Sendebudene opgav med det samme rejsen og vendte tilbage til kongen, som blev meget overrasket over at se dem så hurtigt.

„Hvorfor er I allerede tilbage?” spurgte han.

De svarede: „Vi mødte en mand, som sagde, at vi skulle overbringe kongen følgende besked: ‚Hvorfor sender du bud til Baʼal-Zebub, filistrenes gud? Findes der ingen Gud i Israel? Fordi du har handlet sådan, kommer du ikke til at rejse dig fra din seng, for du skal dø.’ ”

„Hvem var det, der sagde sådan?” spurgte kongen. „Hvordan så han ud?”

„Det var en mand med en lodden kappe[a] og et læderbælte om livet.”

„Det må være profeten Elias,” udbrød kongen og sendte straks en officer og 50 soldater af sted for at arrestere ham. De fandt ham siddende på toppen af en klippe. Officeren sagde til ham: „Du Guds profet, kongen befaler, at du kommer med os.”

10 Men Elias svarede: „Så sandt jeg er Guds profet, skal der falde ild ned fra himlen og fortære dig og dine 50 soldater.” Så fór Guds ild ned og dræbte dem alle.

11 Derpå sendte kongen endnu en officer og 50 soldater af sted for at arrestere ham. „Du Guds profet,” råbte officeren til Elias, „kongen befaler, at du øjeblikkelig kommer ned.”

12 Men Elias svarede som før: „Så sandt jeg er Guds profet, skal der falde ild ned fra himlen og fortære dig og dine 50 soldater.” Igen fór Guds ild ned og dræbte dem alle.

13 Endnu en gang sendte kongen en officer og 50 soldater af sted. Men denne officer faldt på knæ foran Elias og tryglede ham: „Du Guds profet, skån mig og mine 50 kammerater. 14 Vær barmhjertig imod os, så Guds ild ikke dræber os, som det skete med de andre.”

15 Da sagde Herrens engel til Elias: „Vær ikke bange, men følg med dem.” Så fulgte han med dem til kongens palads.

16 „Hvorfor i alverden sendte du bud til Baʼal-Zebub, filistrenes gud?” spurgte Elias, da de var nået frem til kongen. „Findes der måske ingen Gud i Israel, du kan spørge til råds? Fordi du gjorde det, siger Herren til dig, at du aldrig vil komme til at rejse dig fra din seng, for du skal dø.”

17 Kort efter døde kong Ahazja, sådan som Herren havde forudsagt gennem Elias, og hans bror Joram blev konge efter ham, for Ahazja havde ingen sønner til at overtage magten. Det skete i kong Joram af Judas andet regeringsår—den Joram, som var søn af Joshafat. 18 Resten af kong Ahazjas liv og virke er beskrevet i Israels kongers krønikebog.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,8 Det er ikke klart, om teksten her betyder: „en, der er rig på hår” eller „ejer af en lodden kappe”. Jf. Matt. 3,4.

New American Standard Bible

2 Kings 1

Ahaziah’s Messengers Meet Elijah

1Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. 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, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness.” But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah 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 Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Now therefore thus says the Lord, ‘[a]You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” Then Elijah departed.

When the messengers returned to him he said to them, “[b]Why have you returned?” 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 to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore [c]you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’”’” He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and spoke these words to you?” They [d]answered him, “He was a hairy man with a leather girdle [e]bound about his loins.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then the king sent 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, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then 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 again 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 [f]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 arose and went down with him to the king. 16 Then he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?—therefore [g]you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’”

Jehoram Reigns over Israel

17 So Ahaziah died according to the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken. And because he had no son, Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. 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 1:4 Lit The bed where you went up, you shall not come down from it
  2. 2 Kings 1:5 Lit What is this that you have returned?
  3. 2 Kings 1:6 V 4, note 1
  4. 2 Kings 1:8 Lit said
  5. 2 Kings 1:8 Or girt
  6. 2 Kings 1:14 Lit soul
  7. 2 Kings 1:16 V 4, note 1