Old Testament

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How does II Kings begin?

King Ahaziah of Israel fell through a lattice in his upper chamber. He sent messengers to the prophets of Baal to ask if he would recover from his injuries. God sent Elijah to intervene. Elijah said to the messengers, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?” (NRSV, II Kings 1:3) Ahaziah died as a result of his injuries.


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