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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

2 Bassekabaka 1

Mukama asalira Akaziya Omusango

1Awo Akabu ng’amaze okufa, ab’omu nsi ya Mowaabu ne bajeemera Abayisirayiri. Akaziya ng’ali mu Samaliya y’asimatuka n’ayita mu ddirisa ly’ekisenge kye ekya waggulu, n’agwa, n’alwala. Awo n’atuma ababaka eri Baaluzebubi[a] bakatonda b’e Ekuloni, okubeebuuzaako obanga obulwadde bwe buliwona.

Malayika wa Mukama n’ajja eri Eriya Omutisubi n’amugamba nti, “Golokoka, ogende osisinkane ababaka ba kabaka w’e Samaliya, obabuuze nti, ‘Teri Katonda mu Isirayiri, kyemuvudde mugenda mwebuuza eri Baaluzebubi bakatonda b’e Ekuloni?’ Noolwekyo bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama nti, toliwona bulwadde bwo, naye ogenda kufa.” Eriya bwe yamala okwogera ebyo n’agenda.

Oluvannyuma lw’ebyo, ababaka kabaka be yatuma ne baddayo eri kabaka, n’ababuuza nti, “Kiki ekibakomezaawo amangu?”

Ne bamuddamu nti, “Waliwo omusajja eyatusisinkanye mu kkubo n’atugamba nti, ‘Muddeyo eri kabaka mumugambe nti olw’okugenda eri Baaluzebubi bakatonda b’e Ekuloni okulagulwa, n’otogenda kwebuuza ku Katonda wa Isirayiri, togenda kuva ku kitanda ekyo era togenda kuwona bulwadde obwo wabula ogenda kufa.’ ”

N’ababuuza nti, “Omusajja oyo gwe musisinkanye abadde afaanana atya?”

Ne bamuddamu nti, “Abadde ayambadde ekyambalo kya bwoya, nga yeesibye n’olukoba lwa bwoya.”

Kabaka n’ayogera nti, “Oyo yandiba Eriya Omutisubi.”

Awo kabaka n’atuma omukulu eyali akulira ekibinja ky’abasajja amakumi ataano n’abasajja be eri Eriya. Bwe yatuuka awaali Eriya, yamusanga atudde ku ntikko eya kasozi, n’amugamba nti, “Musajja wa Katonda, kabaka akwetaaga.”

10 Eriya n’addamu omukulu w’ekibinja nti, “Obanga ndi musajja wa Katonda, omuliro guve mu ggulu gukwokye ggwe n’ekibinja kyo!” Awo omuliro ne guva mu ggulu ne gumwokya ye n’ekibinja kye.

11 Kabaka bwe yawulira ebyo n’atuma omukulu omulala n’ekibinja kye eky’amakumi ataano eri Eriya. Omukulu oyo eyatumibwa n’agamba Eriya nti, “Ggwe omusajja wa Katonda, kabaka akuyita mangu.”p 12 Eriya n’amuddamu nti, “Obanga ndi musajja wa Katonda, kale omuliro guve mu ggulu gukwokye ggwe n’ekibinja kyo.” Awo omuliro ne guva mu ggulu ne gumwokya ye n’ekibinja kye.

13 Naye kabaka teyakoma ku abo, n’amutumira omukulu owookusatu ow’ekibinja ekirala eky’amakumi ataano, n’agenda eri Eriya. Bwe yatuuka awaali Eriya n’afukamira mu maaso ge, n’amwegayirira ng’agamba nti, “Omusajja wa Katonda nkwegayiridde, onsasire, nneme okufa. 14 Laba, omuliro gwavudde mu ggulu ne gwokya abakulu bombi n’ebibinja byabwe, naye kaakano osaasire obulamu bwange.”

15 Awo malayika wa Mukama n’agamba Eriya nti, “Serengeta naye, so tomutya.” Awo Eriya n’asituka n’aserengeta n’omubaka wa kabaka eri kabaka.

16 Eriya n’agamba kabaka nti, “Bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama nti, ‘Nsonga ki eyakutwala eri Baaluzebubi bakatonda b’e Ekuloni okulagulwa, mu kifo ky’okulaga eri Katonda wa Isirayiri ne gw’oba weebuuzako?’ Ky’oliva olema okuva ku kitanda ekyo kye weebaseeko, era ojja kufa.” 17 N’afa, ng’ekigambo kya Mukama kye yatuma Eriya bwe kyali.

Olwokubanga Akaziya teyalina mwana wabulenzi, Yekolaamu n’amusikira okuba kabaka, mu mwaka ogwokubiri ogwa Yekolaamu mutabani wa Yekosafaati eyali kabaka wa Yuda. 18 Ebyafaayo ebirala ebyabaawo mu mirembe gya Akaziya ne bye yakola, tebyawandiikibwa mu kitabo eky’ebyomumirembe gya bassekabaka ba Isirayiri?

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 Baaluzebubi kitegeeza “mukama w’ensowera.” Erinnya eryo likozesebwa okunyooma katonda w’Abakanani ayitibwa Beeruzebuli (omulangira w’abadayimooni) mu Matayo 10:25; 12:27.