1Then Moabrebelledagainst Israelafterthe deathof Ahab. 2And Ahaziahfell downthrough a latticein his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sentmessengers, and saidunto them, Go, enquireof Baal-zebubthe godof Ekronwhether I shall recoverof this disease. 3But the angelof the LORDsaidto Elijahthe Tishbite, Arise, go upto meetthe messengersof the kingof Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a Godin Israel, that ye goto enquireof Baal-zebubthe godof Ekron? 4Now therefore thus saiththe LORD, Thou shalt not come downfrom that bedon which thou art gone up, but shalt surelydie. And Elijahdeparted.
5And when the messengersturned backunto him, he saidunto them, Why are ye nowturned back? 6And they saidunto him, There camea manupto meetus, and saidunto us, Go, turn againunto the kingthat sentyou, and sayunto him, Thus saiththe LORD, Is it not because there is not a Godin Israel, that thou sendestto enquireof Baal-zebubthe godof Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come downfrom that bedon which thou art gone up, but shalt surelydie.
7And he saidunto them, What mannerof man was he which came upto meetyou, and toldyou these words? 8And they answered him, He was an hairyman, and girtwith a girdleof leatherabout his loins. And he said, It is Elijahthe Tishbite.
9Then the kingsentunto him a captainof fiftywith his fifty. And he went upto him: and, behold, he saton the topof an hill. And he spakeunto him, Thou manof God, the kinghath said, Come down. 10And Elijahansweredand saidto the captainof fifty, If I be a manof God, then let firecome downfrom heaven, and consumethee and thy fifty. And there came downfirefrom heaven, and consumedhim and his fifty.
11Againalso he sentunto him anothercaptainof fiftywith his fifty. And he answeredand saidunto him, O manof God, thus hath the kingsaid, Come downquickly. 12And Elijahansweredand said unto them, If I be a manof God, let firecome downfrom heaven, and consumethee and thy fifty. And the fireof Godcame downfrom heaven, and consumedhim and his fifty.
13And he sentagaina captainof the thirdfiftywith his fifty. And the thirdcaptainof fiftywent up, and cameand fellon his kneesbeforeElijah, and besoughthim, and saidunto him, O manof God, I pray thee, let my life, and the lifeof these fiftythy servants, be preciousin thy sight. 14Behold, there camefiredownfrom heaven, and burnt upthe twocaptainsof the formerfiftieswith their fifties: therefore let my lifenow be preciousin thy sight.
15And the angelof the LORDsaidunto Elijah, Go downwith him: be not afraidof him. And he arose, and went downwith him unto the king. 16And he saidunto him, Thus saiththe LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sentmessengersto enquireof Baal-zebubthe godof Ekron, is it not because there is no Godin Israelto enquireof his word? therefore thou shalt not come downoff that bedon which thou art gone up, but shalt surelydie.
17So he diedaccording to the wordof the LORDwhich Elijahhad spoken. And Jehoramreigned in his stead in the secondyearof Jehoramthe sonof Jehoshaphatkingof Judah; because he had no son. 18Now the restof the actsof Ahaziahwhich he did, are they not writtenin the bookof the chroniclesof the kingsof Israel?