Because King Ahaziah has done this, the Lord says that he will never leave the bed he is lying on; he will surely die.’” When Elijah told the messengers this, they returned immediately to the king. “Why have you returned so soon?” he asked them.
God’s angel spoke to Elijah the Tishbite: “Up on your feet! Go out and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria with this word, ‘Is it because there’s no God in Israel that you’re running off to consult Baal-Zebub god of Ekron?’ Here’s a message from the God you’ve tried to bypass: ‘You’re not going to get out of that bed you’re in—you’re as good as dead already.’” Elijah delivered the message and was gone.
This is the message of the Eternal to Ahaziah: “You have made your bed, and you will lie in it. You will never leave your bed in your upper room; it will become your grave.” So Elijah went on his way just as the Lord instructed, and he delivered this message to Ahaziah’s messengers.
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