2 Kings 1
Elijah Confronts the King and His Commanders
1:1 After Ahab died, Moab rebelled against Israel.1 1:2 Ahaziah fell through a window lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria2 and was injured. He sent messengers with these orders,3 “Go, ask4 Baal Zebub,5 the god of Ekron, if I will survive this injury.”
1:3 But the
1:5 When the messengers returned to the king,7 he asked them, “Why have you returned?”
1:6 They replied,8 “A man came up to meet us. He told us, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, ‘This is what the
1:9 The king16 sent a captain and his fifty soldiers17 to retrieve Elijah.18 The captain19 went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill.20 He told him, “Prophet,21 the king says, ‘Come down!’” 1:10 Elijah replied to the captain,22 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire then came down23 from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
1:11 The king24 sent another captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve Elijah. He went up and told him,25 “Prophet, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”26 1:12 Elijah replied to them,27 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire from God28 came down from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
1:13 The king29 sent a third captain and his fifty soldiers. This third captain went up and fell30 on his knees before Elijah. He begged for mercy, “Prophet, please have respect for my life and for the lives of these fifty servants of yours.
1:14 Indeed,31 fire came down from the sky and consumed the two captains who came before me, along with their men.32 So now, please have respect for my life.”
1:16 Elijah34 said to the king,35 “This is what the
1:17 He died just as the