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.
Jehova Gũtuĩra Ahazia Ciira
11:1 Kĩam 19:37Na rĩrĩ, thuutha wa gĩkuũ kĩa Ahabu, andũ a Moabi makĩrega gwathĩkĩra Isiraeli. 21:2 2Ath 1:16; Mar 3:22Na rĩrĩ, Ahazia nĩagwĩte kuuma ndirica-inĩ ya nyũmba yake ya igũrũ kũu Samaria, akagurario. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio agĩtũma andũ, akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Thiĩi mũkoorie Baali-Zebubu, ngai ya Ekironi, kana hihi nĩngũhona nguraro ici.”
31:3 1Sam 28:8No mũraika wa Jehova akĩĩra Elija ũrĩa Mũtishibi atĩrĩ, “Ambata, ũthiĩ ũtũngane na andũ acio matũmĩtwo nĩ mũthamaki wa Samaria, ũmoorie atĩrĩ, ‘Nĩ Ngai gũtarĩ thĩinĩ wa Isiraeli nĩguo mũthiĩ mũkahooe ũhoro kuuma kũrĩ Baali-Zebubu, ngai ya Ekironi?’ 41:4 2Ath 1:6, 16; Thab 41:8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Jehova ekuuga ũũ: ‘Ndũkuuma gĩtanda-inĩ hau ũkomete. Ti-itherũ nĩũgũkua!’ ” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Elija agĩthiĩ.
5Rĩrĩa andũ acio maatũmĩtwo maacookire kũrĩ mũthamaki, akĩmooria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kĩĩ gĩatũma mũcooke?”
61:6 2Ath 1:2Nao makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ harĩ na mũndũ ũũkire gũtũtũnga, aatwĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Cookai kũrĩ mũthamaki ũrĩa ũmũtũmĩte, mũmwĩre atĩrĩ, “Jehova ekũũria atĩrĩ: Nĩ Ngai gũtarĩ thĩinĩ wa Isiraeli nĩguo ũtũme andũ makahooe ũhoro kuuma kũrĩ Baali-Zebubu, ngai ya Ekironi? Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndũkuuma gĩtanda-inĩ hau ũkomete. Ti-itherũ nĩũgũkua!” ’ ”
7Nake mũthamaki akĩmooria atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũcio ũũkire kũmũtũnga na aamwĩra ũguo-rĩ, ekũhaanaga atĩa?”
81:8 Math 3:4; Isa 3:3Nao makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ mũndũ wĩhumbĩte nguo ya guoya, na akeoha mũcibi wa ngoothi njohero.”
Nake mũthamaki akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ũcio oima Elija ũrĩa Mũtishibi.”
91:9 2Ath 6:14Nake agĩtũmĩra Elija mũnene wa thigari arĩ na gĩkundi gĩake kĩa andũ mĩrongo ĩtano; mũnene ũcio akĩambata kũrĩ Elija, ũrĩa waikarĩte gacũmbĩrĩ ga kĩrĩma, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Wee mũndũ wa Ngai, mũthamaki ekuuga atĩrĩ, ‘Ikũrũka!’ ”
101:10 1Ath 18:38; Kũg 11:5Nake Elija agĩcookeria mũnene ũcio atĩrĩ, “Akorwo ndĩ mũndũ wa Ngai-rĩ, mwaki nĩũikũrũke uume igũrũ, ũgũcine hamwe na andũ aya aku mĩrongo ĩtano!” Hĩndĩ o ĩyo mwaki ũgĩikũrũka kuuma igũrũ, ũgĩcina mũnene ũcio hamwe na andũ ake.
11Ningĩ mũthamaki agĩtũmĩra Elija mũnene ũngĩ wa thigari arĩ na andũ ake mĩrongo ĩtano. Nake mũnene ũcio akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Wee mũndũ wa Ngai, mũthamaki ekuuga atĩrĩ, ‘Ikũrũka narua!’ ”
12Nake Elija akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Akorwo ndĩ mũndũ wa Ngai-rĩ, mwaki nĩũikũrũke uume igũrũ, ũgũcine hamwe na andũ aya aku mĩrongo ĩtano!” Hĩndĩ ĩyo mwaki wa Ngai ũgĩikũrũka kuuma igũrũ, ũgĩcina mũnene ũcio hamwe na andũ ake mĩrongo ĩtano.
131:13 Thab 72:14Nĩ ũndũ ũcio mũthamaki agĩtũma mũnene wa gatatũ na andũ ake mĩrongo ĩtano. Mũnene ũcio wa gatatũ akĩambata, agĩturia ndu mbere ya Elija. Akĩmũthaitha, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Wee mũndũ wa Ngai, reke muoyo wakwa na wa andũ aya mĩrongo ĩtano wonwo ũrĩ kĩndũ kĩrĩ bata nĩwe, ithuĩ ndungata ciaku! 14Kĩone, mwaki nĩũikũrũkĩte kuuma igũrũ, na ũgacina anene acio eerĩ a mbere hamwe na andũ ao. No rĩrĩ, reke muoyo wakwa wonwo ũrĩ kĩndũ kĩrĩ bata nĩwe!”
151:15 2Ath 1:3; Jer 1:17; Ezek 2:6Nake mũraika wa Jehova akĩĩra Elija atĩrĩ, “Ikũrũkania hamwe nake, na ndũkamwĩtigĩre.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Elija agĩũkĩra, agĩikũrũkania nake nginya kũrĩ mũthamaki.
16Nake akĩĩra mũthamaki atĩrĩ, “Jehova ekuuga ũũ: Nĩ Ngai gũtarĩ thĩinĩ wa Isiraeli wa kũhooywo ũhoro nĩwe, atĩ nĩkĩo ũgũtũma andũ makahooe ũhoro kũrĩ Baali-Zebubu, ngai ya Ekironi? Tondũ nĩwĩkĩte ũguo-rĩ, ndũrĩ hĩndĩ ũkoima gĩtanda-inĩ kĩu ũkomeire. Ti-itherũ nĩũgũkua!” 171:17 2Ath 8:15; 2Ath 8:16Nĩ ũndũ ũcio agĩkua, kũringana na kiugo kĩa Jehova kĩrĩa kĩarĩtio nĩ Elija.
Na tondũ Ahazia ndaarĩ na mwana wa kahĩĩ-rĩ, Joramu nĩwe watuĩkire mũthamaki ithenya rĩake mwaka-inĩ wa keerĩ wa Jehoramu mũrũ wa Jehoshafatu mũthamaki wa Juda. 18Maũndũ marĩa mangĩ mothe makoniĩ wathani wa Ahazia, na marĩa eekire-rĩ, githĩ matiandĩkĩtwo ibuku-inĩ rĩa maũndũ ma ihinda rĩa athamaki a Isiraeli?