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?
Yehova Alanga Ahaziya
1Atamwalira Ahabu, Mowabu anawukira Israeli. 2Ndipo Ahaziya anagwa kuchokera pa khonde la chipinda chake chammwamba ku Samariya, ndipo anavulala kwambiri. Choncho iye anatuma amithenga nawawuza kuti, “Pitani mukafunse kwa Baala-zebubu, mulungu wa ku Ekroni, ngati ndichire matendawa.”
3Koma mngelo wa Yehova anawuza Eliya wa ku Tisibe kuti, “Nyamuka, pita ukakumane ndi amithenga a mfumu ya ku Samariya ndipo ukawafunse kuti, ‘Kodi popeza kulibe Mulungu ku Israeli, nʼchifukwa chake inu mukupita kukafunsa nzeru kwa Baala-zebubu, mulungu wa ku Ekroni?’ 4Tsono Yehova akuti, ‘Iweyo sudzadzuka pa bedi wagonapo. Udzafa ndithu!’ ” Ndipo Eliya ananyamuka.
5Amithenga aja atabwerera kwa mfumu, mfumuyo inawafunsa kuti, “Chifukwa chiyani mwabwerera?”
6Iwo anayankha kuti, “Munthu wina anabwera kudzakumana nafe, ndipo anatiwuza kuti, bwererani kwa mfumu imene inakutumani ndipo mukayiwuze kuti, ‘Yehova akuti, kodi popeza kulibe Mulungu ku Israeli, nʼchifukwa chake mukupita kukafunsa nzeru kwa Baala-zebubu, mulungu wa ku Ekroni? Tsono sudzadzuka pa bedi wagonapo. Udzafa ndithu!’ ”
7Mfumu inafunsa amithengawo kuti, “Kodi munthu amene anabwera kudzakumana nanuyo ndi kukuwuzani zimenezi amaoneka bwanji?”
8Iwo anayankha kuti, “Munthuyo anavala zovala zaubweya ndi lamba wachikopa mʼchiwuno mwake.”
Mfumu inati, “Munthu ameneyo ndi Eliya wa ku Tisibe.”
9Pamenepo mfumu inatuma mtsogoleri wa ankhondo ndi anthu ake makumi asanu kwa Eliya. Mtsogoleriyo anapita kwa Eliya, amene anali atakhala pamwamba pa phiri, ndipo anati, “Munthu wa Mulungu, mfumu ikuti, ‘Tsikani!’ ”
10Eliya anayankha mtsogoleriyo kuti, “Ngati ndine munthu wa Mulungu, moto utsike kuchokera kumwamba, ukupsereze iwe pamodzi ndi anthu makumi asanu akowo!” Pomwepo moto unatsikadi kuchokera kumwamba ndipo unapsereza mtsogoleriyo pamodzi ndi anthu akewo.
11Zitachitika izi, mfumu inatumanso mtsogoleri wina pamodzi ndi asilikali ake makumi asanu. Mtsogoleriyo anati kwa Eliya, “Munthu wa Mulungu, zimene mfumu ikunena ndi izi, ‘Tsikani msangamsanga!’ ”
12Eliya anayankha kuti, “Ngati ndine munthu wa Mulungu, moto utsike kuchokera kumwamba, ukupsereze iwe pamodzi ndi anthu ako makumi asanuwo!” Pomwepo moto unatsikadi kuchokera kumwamba ndipo unapsereza mtsogoleriyo pamodzi ndi anthu akewo.
13Ndipo mfumu inatumanso mtsogoleri wachitatu pamodzi ndi asilikali ake makumi asanu. Mtsogoleri wachitatuyu anakwera pa phiripo ndi kugwada pamaso pa Eliya. Iye anayankhula mopemba kuti, “Munthu wa Mulungu, chonde musandiwononge ineyo pamodzi ndi atumiki makumi asanu anuwa! 14Taonani, moto unatsika kuchokera kumwamba ndi kupsereza atsogoleri awiri pamodzi ndi anthu awo onse. Koma tsopano musawononge moyo wanga!”
15Mngelo wa Yehova anati kwa Eliya, “Pita naye, usamuope.” Choncho Eliya ananyamuka natsika naye limodzi kupita kwa mfumu.
16Eliya anawuza mfumu kuti, “Yehova akuti, ‘Chifukwa chiyani munatumiza amithenga kwa Baala-zebubu, mulungu wa ku Ekroni, kukafunsa ngati muti muchire? Kodi mu Israeli mulibe Mulungu woti nʼkukuyankhani funso lanu? Choncho, popeza mwachita izi, simudzadzuka pamene mwagonapo; mudzafa ndithu.’ ” 17Motero Ahaziya anafadi, monga mwa mawu a Yehova amene Eliya anayankhula.
Tsono popeza Ahaziya analibe mwana, Yoramu analowa ufumu mʼmalo mwake mʼchaka chachiwiri cha Yehoramu mwana wa Yehosafati mfumu ya ku Yuda. 18Ntchito zina zonse zimene Ahaziya anachita, kodi sizinalembedwe mʼbuku la mbiri ya mafumu a ku Israeli?