The Message

2 Kings 1

1After Ahab died, Moab rebelled against Israel.

One day Ahaziah fell through the balcony railing on the rooftop of his house in Samaria and was injured. He sent messengers off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, “Am I going to recover from this accident?”

3-4 God’s angel spoke to Elijah the Tishbite: “Up on your feet! Go out and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria with this word, ‘Is it because there’s no God in Israel that you’re running off to consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron?’ Here’s a message from the God you’ve tried to bypass: ‘You’re not going to get out of that bed you’re in—you’re as good as dead already.’” Elijah delivered the message and was gone.

The messengers went back. The king said, “So why are you back so soon—what’s going on?”

They told him, “A man met us and said, ‘Turn around and go back to the king who sent you; tell him, God’s message: Is it because there’s no God in Israel that you’re running off to consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron? You needn’t bother. You’re not going to get out of that bed you’re in—you’re as good as dead already.’”

The king said, “Tell me more about this man who met you and said these things to you. What was he like?”

“Shaggy,” they said, “and wearing a leather belt.”

He said, “That has to be Elijah the Tishbite!”

The king sent a captain with fifty men to Elijah. Meanwhile Elijah was sitting, big as life, on top of a hill. The captain said, “O Holy Man! King’s orders: Come down!”

10 Elijah answered the captain of the fifty, “If it’s true that I’m a ‘holy man,’ lightning strike you and your fifty men!” Out of the blue lightning struck and incinerated the captain and his fifty.

11 The king sent another captain with his fifty men, “O Holy Man! King’s orders: Come down. And right now!”

12 Elijah answered, “If it’s true that I’m a ‘holy man,’ lightning strike you and your fifty men!” Immediately a divine lightning bolt struck and incinerated the captain and his fifty.

13-14 The king then sent a third captain with his fifty men. For a third time, a captain with his fifty approached Elijah. This one fell on his knees in supplication: “O Holy Man, have respect for my life and the souls of these fifty men! Twice now lightning from out of the blue has struck and incinerated captains with their fifty men; please, I beg you, respect my life!”

15 The angel of God told Elijah, “Go ahead; and don’t be afraid.” Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16 Elijah told him, “God’s word: Because you sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron, as if there were no God in Israel to whom you could pray, you’ll never get out of that bed alive—already you’re as good as dead.”

17 And he died, exactly as God’s word spoken by Elijah had said.

Because Ahaziah had no son, his brother Joram became the next king. The succession took place in the second year of the reign of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah.

18 The rest of Ahaziah’s life is recorded in The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 1

耶和华责备亚哈谢

1亚哈死后,摩押背叛以色列。 一天,亚哈谢从撒玛利亚王宫的楼台上掉下来,受了伤,就派使者去求问以革伦的神明巴力·西卜,看自己能否痊愈。 耶和华的天使对提斯比人以利亚说:“你去截住撒玛利亚王的使者,对他们说,‘你们为什么去求问以革伦的神明巴力·西卜?难道以色列没有上帝吗?’ 因此耶和华说,‘亚哈谢再也不能下床了,他必定死。’”以利亚就去了。

以利亚将天使的话告诉王的使者后,他们便回去见王。王问他们:“你们为什么这么快就回来了?” 他们答道:“有一个人在路上截住我们,要我们回来告诉你,耶和华对你说,‘你差人去求问以革伦的神明巴力·西卜,是因为以色列没有上帝吗?因此,你再也不能下床了,你必定死。’” 王又问他们:“在路上截住你们、对你们说这些话的,是什么样的人?” 他们答道:“那人身穿毛皮衣服,腰束皮带。”王说:“他是提斯比人以利亚。”

于是,王派一个五十夫长率领五十人去找以利亚。那时,以利亚正坐在山顶上。五十夫长到了那里,对他说:“上帝的仆人啊,王命令你下来。” 10 以利亚说:“我若是上帝的仆人,愿火从天降下烧死你和你的五十个部下。”火立刻从天降下,烧死了五十夫长和他的五十个部下。 11 亚哈谢王又派一个五十夫长率领五十人去以利亚那里,五十夫长对以利亚说:“上帝的仆人啊,王命令你马上下来。” 12 以利亚说:“我若是上帝的仆人,愿火从天降下,烧死你和你的五十个部下。”上帝的火从天降下,烧死了五十夫长和他的五十个部下。

13 王再次派一个五十夫长率领五十人前去。五十夫长上去,双膝跪在以利亚面前,哀求道:“上帝的仆人啊,求你饶了我和你的五十名仆人的性命。 14 前两个五十夫长和他们的部下都被天上降下的火烧死了,现在求你饶我一命!” 15 耶和华的天使对以利亚说:“不要害怕,跟他去吧!”以利亚就起来跟他去见王。 16 以利亚对王说:“耶和华说,‘你差人去求问以革伦的神明巴力·西卜,是因为以色列没有上帝可以求问吗?因此,你再也不能下床了,你必定死。’”

17 亚哈谢果然死了,正如耶和华借以利亚所说的。他没有儿子,他兄弟约兰继位,那年是犹大王约沙法的儿子约兰执政第二年。 18 亚哈谢其他的事都记在以色列的列王史上。