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 wuo akyi, Moabman tee wɔn ho firii Israel ho, nyaa nʼahofadie. 2Ɛda bi, Israelhene foforɔ Ahasia firii nʼabansoro dan a ɛwɔ Samaria ahemfie mpomma mu te hwee fam, ma ɔpiraa yie. Enti ɔsomaa abɔfoɔ kɔɔ Baal-Sebub1.2 Baal-Sebub asekyerɛ ne “nwansena wura.” Saa din yi yɛ fɛdie din bi a wɔde too Kanaanfoɔ nyame Beelsebul (honhommɔne heneba) so a ɛwɔ Mateo 10.25; 12.27 no. Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, kɔbisaa sɛ ɔbɛnya ahoɔden anaa.
3Na Awurade ɔbɔfoɔ ka kyerɛɛ Tisbini Elia sɛ, “Kɔ na kɔhyia Samariahene abɔfoɔ no, na bisa wɔn sɛ, ‘Adɛn enti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene bɛnya ahoɔden anaa? Onyankopɔn nni Israel anaa?’ 4Seesei, sɛdeɛ Awurade seɛ nie: ‘Worensɔre mfiri mpa a woda soɔ no so da. Na deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, wobɛwu.’ ” Na Elia kɔkaa nkra no.
5Ɛberɛ a abɔfoɔ no sane baa ɔhene nkyɛn no, ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, “Adɛn enti na moaba ntɛm saa?”
6Wɔbuaa sɛ, “Ɔbarima bi bɛhyiaa yɛn, ka kyerɛɛ yɛn sɛ yɛnsane nkɔ ɔhene nkyɛn, na nkra a ɔde firi Awurade nkyɛn a ɔde kaa ho ne sɛ, ‘Adɛn enti na morekɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa sɛ ɔhene ho bɛtɔ no anaa? Onyankopɔn nni Israel anaa? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa enti, worensɔre mfiri mpa a woda soɔ no so da. Na deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, wobɛwu.’ ”
7Ɔhene no bisaa sɛ, “Na saa ɔbarima no yɛ hwan? Na ɔte sɛn?”
8Wɔbuaa sɛ, “Na ne ho wɔ nwi a ɔbɔ aboa nwoma abɔsoɔ.”
Ɔhene no teaam sɛ, “Ɛyɛ Tisbini Elia.”
9Ɔsomaa asraafoɔ so safohene ne asraafoɔ aduonum sɛ wɔnkɔkye no. Wɔhunuu sɛ ɔte bepɔ bi atifi. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Onyankopɔn onipa, ɔhene asoma yɛn sɛ yɛmmɛfa wo mmra.”
10Na Elia buaa ɔsahene no sɛ, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn onipa deɛ a, ɛnneɛ, ma ogya mfiri ɔsoro mmra mmɛhye wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na ogya firi ɔsoro bɛkunkum wɔn nyinaa.
11Enti, ɔhene no sane somaa ɔsafohene foforɔ a asraafoɔ aduonum ka ne ho. Ɔsafohene no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Onyankopɔn onipa, ɔhene se bra seesei ara.”
12Elia buaa sɛ, “Sɛ meyɛ Onyankopɔn onipa deɛ a, ɛnneɛ, ma ogya mfiri ɔsoro mmra mmɛhye wo ne wo mmarima aduonum no!” Na bio, ogya firi ɔsoro bɛkunkum wɔn nyinaa.
13Bio, ɔhene no somaa ɔsafohene bi ne asraafoɔ aduonum. Saa ɛberɛ yi deɛ, ɔsafohene no kɔbuu Elia nkotodwe. Ɔsrɛɛ no sɛ, “Ao, Onyankopɔn onipa, mesrɛ sɛ, fa me ne saa asomfoɔ aduonum yi nkwa kyɛ yɛn. 14Hwɛ sɛdeɛ ogya firi ɔsoro abɛhye akuo mmienu a wɔdi ɛkan no. Nanso, seesei mesrɛ sɛ, fa me nkwa kyɛ me!”
15Na Awurade ɔbɔfoɔ ka kyerɛɛ Elia sɛ, “Nsuro. Wo ne no nkɔ.” Na Elia sɔre kɔɔ ɔhene no nkyɛn.
16Na Elia ka kyerɛɛ ɔhene no sɛ, “Sɛdeɛ Awurade seɛ nie: Adɛn enti na wosomaa abɔfoɔ kɔɔ Baal-Sebub, Ekron nyame nkyɛn abisa, sɛ ɔhene bɛnya ahoɔden anaa? Onyankopɔn nni Israel anaa? Esiane sɛ woayɛ saa enti, worensɔre mfiri mpa a woda soɔ no so da. Na deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara wobɛwu.” 17Na Ahasia wuiɛ sɛdeɛ Awurade nam Elia so hyɛeɛ no. Esiane sɛ na Ahasia nni ɔbabarima a ɔbɛdi nʼadeɛ enti, ne nuabarima Yoram na ɔdii nʼadeɛ sɛ ɔhene. Saa asɛm yi sii Yehosafat a na ɔyɛ Yudahene babarima Yehoram adedie mfeɛ mmienu mu. 18Nsɛm a ɛsisii wɔ Ahasia ahennie mu no nkaeɛ no, wɔatwerɛ agu Israel Ahemfo Abakɔsɛm Nwoma no mu.