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2 Kings 1

The Lord Judges Ahaziah

1After King Ahab died, Moab refused to remain under Israel’s control. Ahaziah 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.”

But 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?’ The 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.

They returned to the king. He asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“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!’ ” ’ ”

The king asked the messengers, “What kind of man came to see you? Who told you these things?”

They 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.”

Then 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!’ ”

10 Elijah 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.

11 After 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!’ ”

12 Elijah 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.

13 So 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! 14 Fire has come down from heaven. It has burned up the first two captains and all their men. But please have respect for my life!”

15 The 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.

16 Elijah 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!’ ” 17 So 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. 18 All the other events of Ahaziah’s rule are written down. Everything he did is written in the official records of the kings of Israel.

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O Julgamento do Senhor contra Acazias

1Depois da morte de Acabe, Moabe rebelou-se contra Israel.

Certo dia, Acazias caiu da sacada do seu quarto no palácio de Samaria e ficou muito ferido. Então enviou mensageiros para consultar Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom, para saber se ele se recuperaria.

Mas o anjo do Senhor disse ao tesbita Elias: “Vá encontrar-se com os mensageiros do rei de Samaria e pergunte a eles: Acaso não há Deus em Israel? Por que vocês vão consultar Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom? Por isso, assim diz o Senhor: ‘Você não se levantará mais dessa cama e certamente morrerá!’” E Elias foi embora.

Quando os mensageiros voltaram ao rei, ele lhes perguntou: “Por que vocês voltaram?”

Eles responderam: “Um homem veio ao nosso encontro e nos disse: ‘Voltem ao rei que os enviou e digam-lhe: Assim diz o Senhor: “Acaso não há Deus em Israel? Por que você mandou consultar Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom? Por isso você não se levantará mais dessa cama e certamente morrerá!”’”

O rei lhes perguntou: “Como era o homem que os encontrou e lhes disse isso?”

Eles responderam: “Ele vestia roupas de pêlos[a] e usava um cinto de couro”.

O rei concluiu: “Era o tesbita Elias”.

Em seguida mandou um oficial com cinqüenta soldados procurar Elias. O oficial o encontrou sentado no alto de uma colina, e lhe disse: “Homem de Deus, o rei ordena que tu desças”.

10 Elias respondeu ao oficial: “Se sou homem de Deus, que desça fogo do céu e consuma você e seus cinqüenta soldados!” E desceu fogo do céu e consumiu o oficial e seus soldados.

11 Depois disso o rei enviou outro oficial com mais cinqüenta soldados. E ele disse a Elias: “Homem de Deus, o rei ordena que tu desças imediatamente”.

12 Respondeu Elias: “Se sou homem de Deus, que desça fogo do céu e consuma você e seus cinqüenta soldados!” De novo, fogo de Deus desceu do céu e consumiu o oficial e seus soldados.

13 Então o rei enviou um terceiro oficial com outros cinqüenta soldados. O oficial subiu o monte, caiu de joelhos diante de Elias e implorou: “Homem de Deus, tem consideração por minha vida e pela vida destes cinqüenta soldados, teus servos! 14 Sei que desceu fogo do céu e consumiu os dois primeiros oficiais com todos os seus soldados. Mas agora, tem consideração por minha vida!”

15 O anjo do Senhor disse a Elias: “Acompanhe-o; não tenha medo dele”. Então Elias se levantou, desceu com ele e foi falar com o rei.

16 Ao chegar, disse ao rei: “Assim diz o Senhor: ‘Acaso não há Deus em Israel? Por que você mandou consultar Baal-Zebube, deus de Ecrom? Por isso você não se levantará mais dessa cama e certamente morrerá!’” 17 E Acazias morreu, conforme a palavra do Senhor anunciada por Elias. Como não tinha filhos, Jorão foi o seu sucessor no segundo ano do reinado de Jeorão, rei de Judá, filho de Josafá. 18 Os demais acontecimentos do reinado de Acazias e suas realizações estão escritos nos registros históricos dos reis de Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.8 Ou Era um homem cabeludo