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2 Kings 1

The Lord’s judgment on Ahaziah

1After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. Now 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.’

But 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?” Therefore this is what the Lord says: “You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’ So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, ‘Why have you come back?’

‘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!’”’

The king asked them, ‘What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?’

They replied, ‘He had a garment of hair[a] and had a leather belt round his waist.’

The king said, ‘That was Elijah the Tishbite.’

Then 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!”’

10 Elijah 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.

11 At 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.

13 So 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! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!’

15 The 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.

16 He 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!’ 17 So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

Because Ahaziah had no son, Joram[b] succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. 18 As 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?

  1. 2 Kings 1:8 Or He was a hairy man
  2. 2 Kings 1:17 Hebrew Jehoram, a variant of Joram

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Anden Kongebog 1

Konflikten mellem kong Ahazja og Elias

1Efter kong Ahabs død gjorde Moab oprør mod Israels overherredømme. Det var, mens Ahazja var konge over Israel.

En dag var Ahazja så uheldig at falde ud af vinduet fra øverste etage i sit palads i Samaria. Han var døden nær, og han sendte derfor nogle folk af sted til Ekron for at spørge filistrenes gud, Baʼal-Zebub, om han ville overleve.

I mellemtiden havde Herrens engel sagt til profeten Elias fra Tishbe: „Først skal du gå sendebudene fra Samarias konge i møde og stille dem følgende spørgsmål: ‚Findes der ingen Gud i Israel, siden I skal hen og spørge filistrenes gud, Baʼal-Zebub, til råds?’ Derefter skal du sige til dem: ‚Gå tilbage til kongen med følgende budskab fra Herren: Du kommer ikke til at rejse dig fra den seng, du ligger i, for du skal dø.’ ” Elias tog straks af sted, traf kongens sendebud og overbragte sit budskab.

Sendebudene opgav med det samme rejsen og vendte tilbage til kongen, som blev meget overrasket over at se dem så hurtigt.

„Hvorfor er I allerede tilbage?” spurgte han.

De svarede: „Vi mødte en mand, som sagde, at vi skulle overbringe kongen følgende besked: ‚Hvorfor sender du bud til Baʼal-Zebub, filistrenes gud? Findes der ingen Gud i Israel? Fordi du har handlet sådan, kommer du ikke til at rejse dig fra din seng, for du skal dø.’ ”

„Hvem var det, der sagde sådan?” spurgte kongen. „Hvordan så han ud?”

„Det var en mand med en lodden kappe[a] og et læderbælte om livet.”

„Det må være profeten Elias,” udbrød kongen og sendte straks en officer og 50 soldater af sted for at arrestere ham. De fandt ham siddende på toppen af en klippe. Officeren sagde til ham: „Du Guds profet, kongen befaler, at du kommer med os.”

10 Men Elias svarede: „Så sandt jeg er Guds profet, skal der falde ild ned fra himlen og fortære dig og dine 50 soldater.” Så fór Guds ild ned og dræbte dem alle.

11 Derpå sendte kongen endnu en officer og 50 soldater af sted for at arrestere ham. „Du Guds profet,” råbte officeren til Elias, „kongen befaler, at du øjeblikkelig kommer ned.”

12 Men Elias svarede som før: „Så sandt jeg er Guds profet, skal der falde ild ned fra himlen og fortære dig og dine 50 soldater.” Igen fór Guds ild ned og dræbte dem alle.

13 Endnu en gang sendte kongen en officer og 50 soldater af sted. Men denne officer faldt på knæ foran Elias og tryglede ham: „Du Guds profet, skån mig og mine 50 kammerater. 14 Vær barmhjertig imod os, så Guds ild ikke dræber os, som det skete med de andre.”

15 Da sagde Herrens engel til Elias: „Vær ikke bange, men følg med dem.” Så fulgte han med dem til kongens palads.

16 „Hvorfor i alverden sendte du bud til Baʼal-Zebub, filistrenes gud?” spurgte Elias, da de var nået frem til kongen. „Findes der måske ingen Gud i Israel, du kan spørge til råds? Fordi du gjorde det, siger Herren til dig, at du aldrig vil komme til at rejse dig fra din seng, for du skal dø.”

17 Kort efter døde kong Ahazja, sådan som Herren havde forudsagt gennem Elias, og hans bror Joram blev konge efter ham, for Ahazja havde ingen sønner til at overtage magten. Det skete i kong Joram af Judas andet regeringsår—den Joram, som var søn af Joshafat. 18 Resten af kong Ahazjas liv og virke er beskrevet i Israels kongers krønikebog.

  1. 1,8 Det er ikke klart, om teksten her betyder: „en, der er rig på hår” eller „ejer af en lodden kappe”. Jf. Matt. 3,4.