The Lord’s judgment on Ahaziah
1After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, ‘Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.’
3But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?” 4Therefore this is what the Lord says: “You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” ’ So Elijah went.
5When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, ‘Why have you come back?’
6‘A man came to meet us,’ they replied. ‘And he said to us, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ ” ’
7The king asked them, ‘What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?’
8They replied, ‘He had a garment of hair1:8 Or He was a hairy man and had a leather belt round his waist.’
The king said, ‘That was Elijah the Tishbite.’
9Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, ‘Man of God, the king says, “Come down!” ’
10Elijah answered the captain, ‘If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then the fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.
11At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, ‘Man of God, this is what the king says, “Come down at once!” ’
12‘If I am a man of God,’ Elijah replied, ‘may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.
13So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. ‘Man of God,’ he begged, ‘please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!’
15The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.’ So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.
16He told the king, ‘This is what the Lord says: is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ 17So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.
Because Ahaziah had no son, Joram1:17 Hebrew Jehoram, a variant of Joram succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. 18As for all the other events of Ahaziah’s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?
Ɔhene Ahasia Adebisa
1Ɔhene Ahab wu akyi no, Moabman tew wɔn ho fii Israel ho, nyaa wɔn ahofadi. 2Da bi, Israelhene foforo Ahasia fii nʼabansoro dan a ɛwɔ Samaria ahemfi mfɛnsere mu tew hwee fam, ma opiraa yiye. Enti ɔsomaa abɔfo kɔɔ Baal-Sebub1.2 Baal-Sebub nkyerɛase ne “nwansena wura.” Saa din yi yɛ fɛwdi din bi a wɔde too Kanaanfo nyame Beelsebul (honhommɔne hene ba) so a ɛwɔ Mat 10.25; 12.27 no. Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, kobisaa sɛ obenya ahoɔden ana.
3Na Awurade bɔfo ka kyerɛɛ Tisbini Elia se, “Kɔ na kohyia Samariahene abɔfo no, na bisa wɔn se, ‘Adɛn nti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene benya ahoɔden ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana?’ 4Mprempren, sɛnea Awurade se ni: ‘Worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara, wubewu.’ ” Na Elia kɔkaa nkra no.
5Bere a abɔfo no san baa ɔhene nkyɛn no, obisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na moaba ntɛm saa?”
6Wobuae se, “Ɔbarima bi behyiaa yɛn, ka kyerɛɛ yɛn se yɛnsan nkɔ ɔhene nkyɛn, na nkra a ɔde fi Awurade nkyɛn a ɔde kaa ho ne sɛ, ‘Adɛn nti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa sɛ ɔhene ho bɛtɔ no ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa nti, worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara, wubewu.’ ”
7Ɔhene no bisae se, “Na saa ɔbarima no yɛ hena? Na ɔte dɛn?”
8Wobuae se, “Na ne ho wɔ nwi a ɔbɔ aboanwoma abɔso.”
Ɔhene no teɛɛ mu se, “Ɛyɛ Tisbini Elia.”
9Ɔsomaa asraafo so safohene ne asraafo aduonum sɛ wɔnkɔkyere no. Wohuu sɛ ɔte bepɔw bi atifi. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, ɔhene asoma yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛfa wo mmra.”
10Na Elia buaa ɔsahene no se, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa de a, ɛno de, ma ogya mfi ɔsoro mmra mmɛhyew wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na ogya fi ɔsoro bekunkum wɔn nyinaa.
11Enti ɔhene no san somaa ɔsafohene foforo a asraafo aduonum ka ne ho. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, ɔhene se bra mprempren ara.”
12Elia buae se, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa de a, ɛno de, ma ogya mfi ɔsoro mmra mmɛhyew wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na bio, ogya fi ɔsoro bekunkum wɔn nyinaa.
13Bio, ɔhene no somaa ɔsafohene bi ne asraafo aduonum. Saa bere yi de, ɔsafohene no kobuu Elia nkotodwe. Ɔsrɛɛ no se, “Onyankopɔn nipa, mesrɛ sɛ, fa me ne saa asomfo aduonum yi nkwa kyɛ yɛn. 14Hwɛ sɛnea ogya fi ɔsoro abɛhyew akuw abien a wodi kan no. Nanso mprempren mesrɛ sɛ, fa me nkwa kyɛ me!”
15Na Awurade bɔfo ka kyerɛɛ Elia se, “Nsuro. Wo ne no nkɔ.” Na Elia sɔre kɔɔ ɔhene no nkyɛn.
16Na Elia ka kyerɛɛ ɔhene no se, “Sɛnea Awurade se ni: Adɛn nti na wosomaa abɔfo kɔɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene benya ahoɔden ana? Onyankopɔn nni Israel ana? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa nti, worensɔre mfi mpa a woda so no so da. Na nea ɛbɛyɛ biara wubewu.” 17Na Ahasia wui sɛnea Awurade nam Elia so hyɛe no. Esiane sɛ na Ahasia nni ɔbabarima a obedi nʼade nti, ne nuabarima Yoram na odii nʼade sɛ ɔhene. Saa asɛm yi sii Yehosafat a na ɔyɛ Yudahene babarima Yehoram adedi mfe abien mu. 18Nsɛm a esisii wɔ Ahasia ahenni mu no nkae no, wɔankyerɛw angu Israel Ahemfo Abakɔsɛm Nhoma no mu ana?