2 Kings 1:16

“And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said vnto him, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron (is it not because there is no God in Israel, to enquire of his word?) therefore thou shalt not come downe off that bed on which thou art gone vp, but shalt surely die.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then he said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron--is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?--therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down from the bed whither thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to him, This is the word of the Lord: Because you sent men to put a question to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, for this reason you will never again get down from the bed on to which you have gone up, but death will certainly come to you.
- Basic English Bible

And he said to him, Thus saith Jehovah: Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down from the bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt certainly die.
- Darby Bible

And he said to him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
- Webster's Bible

He said to him, "Thus says Yahweh, 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'"
- World English Bible

and speaketh unto him, `Thus said Jehovah, Because that thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-Zebub god of Ekron -- is it because there is not a God in Israel to inquire of His word? therefore, the bed whither thou hast gone up -- thou dost not come down from it, for thou dost certainly die.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he said unto him: 'Thus saith the LORD: Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word? therefore thou shalt not come down from the bed whether thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Kings 1:16


1:16 He said - To his very face. Nor durst the king lay hands upon him, being daunted with the prophet's presence, and confidence; and affrighted by the late dreadful evidence of his power with God.


Discussion for 2 Kings 1

  • AG SAMUEL
    That Elijah knew his Master(Our Lord God) and put forth his total faith in Him is quite eminent and encouraging to us saints of God! Imagine the first set of chosen 50 soldiers and the second batch and finally the third who runs the king's
    serious errands(i.e life and death
    matters)comes already charged and with
    their rough/crude weapons and yet
    Elijah didn't run away nor hide himself.
  • Anne
    We should enquire of the Creator (God) not the created.
    "Thou shall have no other gods before me" says God. Ex. 20:3.
  • Emits Hunter
    THAT we to put God in our life first. We also should trust God.
  • Reelman
    Elijah was a Tisbite and of the inhabitants of Gilead.
  • Abel Subramony
    This chapter tells that we must trust our God all the time.When we got a problem we must seek him first.We must not seek help from foreign gods or people that practice sootsaying.If we do not put our God first he will he will be jealous and angry and he will allow distarous things to happen to us.When we trust in him he will answer by fire.
  • Ar
    Gloria 's 2 kings ch 1 comment . You can find a little more information if you search on Internet. It will lead you to certain pages, where you can learn a little more about Elijah

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