2 Kings 1 ©
Moab rebelleth. Ahaziah's messengers, sent to enquire concerning the event of his sickness of Baal-zebub, are turned back by Elijah, with a sentence of death from the Lord. Ahaziah, apprised of the cause of their quick return, sendeth to apprehend Elijah, who twice calleth down fire from heaven upon those that come against him. Moved by the humble suit of the third captain, and encouraged by an angel, he goeth to the king, and assureth him of his approaching death. Ahaziah dieth, and is succeeded by Jehoram.
And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was bsick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of cBaal-zebub the god of dEkron whether I shall recover of this disease.
But the angel of the LORD said to eElijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, fIs it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?
¶And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?
And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, hIs it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
And he said unto them, 2What *manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?
Then the king jsent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat kon the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, lThou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then mlet fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
¶And he sent ragain a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and 3fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, sO man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, tbe precious in thy sight.
Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
And he said unto him, vThus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.