So King Ahaziah sent a captain of 50 with his 50 men(A) to Elijah. When the captain went up to him, he was sitting on top of the hill. He announced, “Man of God,(B) the king declares, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah responded to the captain of the 50, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50 men.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his 50 men.(C)

11 So the king sent another captain of 50 with his 50 men to Elijah. He took in the situation[a] and announced, “Man of God, this is what the king says: ‘Come down immediately!’”

12 Elijah responded, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your 50 men.” So a divine fire[b] came down from heaven and consumed him and his 50 men.

13 Then the king sent a third captain of 50 with his 50 men. The third captain of 50 went up and fell on his knees in front of Elijah and begged him, “Man of God,(D) please let my life and the lives of these 50 servants of yours be precious in your sight.(E) 14 Already fire has come down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of 50 with their fifties, but this time let my life be precious in your sight.”

15 The angel of the Lord(F) said to Elijah, “Go down with him. Don’t be afraid of him.”(G) So he got up and went down with him to the king.

16 Then Elijah said to King Ahaziah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel for you to inquire of His will?—you will not get up from your sickbed; you will certainly die.’”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 1:11 Lit He answered
  2. 2 Kings 1:12 Lit a fire of God

13 He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people.

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