Elijah Confronts King Ahaziah
1After King Ahab’s death, the land of Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 One day Israel’s new king, Ahaziah, fell through the latticework of an upper room at his palace in Samaria and was seriously injured. So he sent messengers to the temple of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether he would recover.
3 But the angel of the Lord told Elijah, who was from Tishbe, “Go and confront the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is there no God in Israel? Why are you going to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether the king will recover? 4 Now, therefore, this is what the Lord says: You will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.’” So Elijah went to deliver the message.
5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you returned so soon?”
6 They replied, “A man came up to us and told us to go back to the king and give him this message. ‘This is what the Lord says: Is there no God in Israel? Why are you sending men to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether you will recover? Therefore, because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.’”
7 “What sort of man was he?” the king demanded. “What did he look like?”
8 They replied, “He was a hairy man,[a] and he wore a leather belt around his waist.”
“Elijah from Tishbe!” the king exclaimed.
9 Then he sent an army captain with fifty soldiers to arrest him. They found him sitting on top of a hill. The captain said to him, “Man of God, the king has commanded you to come down with us.”
10 But Elijah replied to the captain, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and killed them all.
11 So the king sent another captain with fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, the king demands that you come down at once.”
12 Elijah replied, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” And again the fire of God fell from heaven and killed them all.
13 Once more the king sent a third captain with fifty men. But this time the captain went up the hill and fell to his knees before Elijah. He pleaded with him, “O man of God, please spare my life and the lives of these, your fifty servants. 14 See how the fire from heaven came down and destroyed the first two groups. But now please spare my life!”
15 Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him, and don’t be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went with him to the king.
16 And Elijah said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: Why did you send messengers to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether you will recover? Is there no God in Israel to answer your question? Therefore, because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.”
17 So Ahaziah died, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah. Since Ahaziah did not have a son to succeed him, his brother Joram[b] became the next king. This took place in the second year of the reign of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
18 The rest of the events in Ahaziah’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.
1亞哈死後，摩押背叛以色列。 2 一天，亞哈謝從撒瑪利亞王宮的樓臺上掉下來，受了傷，就派使者去求問以革倫的神明巴力·西蔔，看自己能否痊癒。 3 耶和華的天使對提斯比人以利亞說：「你去截住撒瑪利亞王的使者，對他們說，『你們為什麼去求問以革倫的神明巴力·西蔔？難道以色列沒有上帝嗎？』 4 因此耶和華說，『亞哈謝再也不能下床了，他必定死。』」以利亞就去了。
5 以利亞將天使的話告訴王的使者後，他們便回去見王。王問他們：「你們為什麼這麼快就回來了？」 6 他們答道：「有一個人在路上截住我們，要我們回來告訴你，耶和華對你說，『你差人去求問以革倫的神明巴力·西蔔，是因為以色列沒有上帝嗎？因此，你再也不能下床了，你必定死。』」 7 王又問他們：「在路上截住你們、對你們說這些話的，是什麼樣的人？」 8 他們答道：「那人身穿毛皮衣服，腰束皮帶。」王說：「他是提斯比人以利亞。」
9 於是，王派一個五十夫長率領五十人去找以利亞。那時，以利亞正坐在山頂上。五十夫長到了那裡，對他說：「上帝的僕人啊，王命令你下來。」 10 以利亞說：「我若是上帝的僕人，願火從天降下燒死你和你的五十個部下。」火立刻從天降下，燒死了五十夫長和他的五十個部下。 11 亞哈謝王又派一個五十夫長率領五十人去以利亞那裡，五十夫長對以利亞說：「上帝的僕人啊，王命令你馬上下來。」 12 以利亞說：「我若是上帝的僕人，願火從天降下，燒死你和你的五十個部下。」上帝的火從天降下，燒死了五十夫長和他的五十個部下。
13 王再次派一個五十夫長率領五十人前去。五十夫長上去，雙膝跪在以利亞面前，哀求道：「上帝的僕人啊，求你饒了我和你的五十名僕人的性命。 14 前兩個五十夫長和他們的部下都被天上降下的火燒死了，現在求你饒我一命！」 15 耶和華的天使對以利亞說：「不要害怕，跟他去吧！」以利亞就起來跟他去見王。 16 以利亞對王說：「耶和華說，『你差人去求問以革倫的神明巴力·西蔔，是因為以色列沒有上帝可以求問嗎？因此，你再也不能下床了，你必定死。』」
17 亞哈謝果然死了，正如耶和華藉以利亞所說的。他沒有兒子，他兄弟約蘭繼位，那年是猶大王約沙法的兒子約蘭執政第二年。 18 亞哈謝其他的事都記在以色列的列王史上。