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Ahaziah of Israel in 2 Kings

Ahaziah of Israel

Being the son of Ahab, this guy is in for nothing but bad luck. After he becomes King of Israel, he crashes through the lattice in the upper floors of his palace in the first chapter of 2 Kings. Worried that he's going to die—and he is—he sends soldiers to consult an oracle of Baal. However, Elijah intercepts them and tells them the king's going to die. Irritated, Ahaziah sends two groups of fifty soldiers each to arrest Elijah—but God burns them up with fire from heaven.

When Elijah finally goes in peace to see Ahaziah, he tells him God has declared that he won't recover. And so… Ahaziah dies.

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