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2 Kings 1:9-10


1:9 The king 1  sent a captain and his fifty soldiers 2  to retrieve Elijah. 3  The captain 4  went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill. 5  He told him, “Prophet, 6  the king says, ‘Come down!’” 1:10 Elijah replied to the captain, 7  “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire then came down 8  from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.

1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “officer of fifty and his fifty.”

3 tn Heb “to him.”

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the captain) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 sn The prophet Elijah’s position on the top of the hill symbolizes his superiority to the king and his messengers.

6 tn Heb “man of God” (also in vv. 10, 11, 12, 13).

7 tn Heb “answered and said to the officer of fifty.”

8 tn Wordplay contributes to the irony here. The king tells Elijah to “come down” (Hebrew יָרַד, yarad), but Elijah calls fire down (יָרַד) on the arrogant king’s officer.

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