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2 Kings Chapter 1 | Parsha:

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

2Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber at Samaria and was injured. So he sent messengers, whom he instructed: “Go inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.” 3But an angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go and confront the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, ‘Is there no God in Israel that you go to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? 4Assuredly, thus said the Lord: You shall not rise from the bed you are lying on, but you shall die.’” And Elijah went.

5The messengers returned to Ahaziah; and he asked, “Why have you come back?” 6They answered him, “A man came toward us and said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you, and say to him: Thus said the Lord: Is there no God in Israel that you must send to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Assuredly, you shall not rise from the bed you are lying on, but shall die.’” 7“What sort of man was it,” he asked them, “who came toward you and said these things to you?” 8“A hairy man,” they replied, “with a leather belt tied around his waist.” “That’s Elijah the Tishbite!” he said.

9Then he sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men. He climbed up to him, and found him sitting at the top of a hill. “Man of God,” he said to him, “by order of the king, come down!” 10Elijah replied to the captain of the fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you with your fifty men!” And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men. 11The king then sent to him another captain with his fifty men; and he addressed him as follows: “Man of God, by order of the king, come down at once!” 12But Elijah answered him, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you with your fifty men!” And fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men. 13Then he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. The third captain of fifty climbed to the top, knelt before Elijah, and implored him, saying, “Oh, man of God, please have regard for my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours! 14Already fire has come from heaven and consumed the first two captains of fifty and their men; I beg you, have regard for my life!”

15Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him, do not be afraid of him.” So he rose and went down with him to the king. 16He said to him, “Because you sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron—as if there were no God in Israel whose word you could seek—assuredly, you shall not rise from the bed which you are lying on; but you shall die.”

17And [Ahaziah] died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken. Jehoram succeeded him as king, in the second year of King Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat of Judah, for he had no son. 18The other events of Ahaziah’s reign [and] his actions are recorded in the Annals of the Kings of Israel.

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