2 Kings 1:5
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New International Version
When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you come back?"

New Living Translation
When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you returned so soon?"

English Standard Version
The messengers returned to the king, and he said to them, “Why have you returned?”

New American Standard Bible
When the messengers returned to him he said to them, "Why have you returned?"

King James Bible
And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The messengers returned to the king, who asked them, "Why have you come back?"

International Standard Version
The messengers returned to the king and he asked them, "What's this? You've come back?"

NET Bible
When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, "Why have you returned?"

New Heart English Bible
The messengers returned to him, and he said to them, "Why is it that you have returned?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the messengers returned, the king asked them, "Why have you come back so soon?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the messengers returned unto him, and he said unto them: 'Why is it that ye are returned?'

New American Standard 1977
When the messengers returned to him he said to them, “Why have you returned?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?

King James 2000 Bible
And when the messengers returned unto him, he said unto them, Why are you now returned ?

American King James Version
And when the messengers turned back to him, he said to them, Why are you now turned back?

American Standard Version
And the messengers returned unto him, and he said unto them, Why is it that ye are returned?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the messengers turned back to Ochozias. And he said to them: Why are you come back?

Darby Bible Translation
And the messengers returned to him; and he said to them, Why have ye returned?

English Revised Version
And the messengers returned unto him, and he said unto them, Why is it that ye are returned?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the messengers turned back to him, he said to them, Why have ye now returned?

World English Bible
The messengers returned to him, and he said to them, "Why is it that you have returned?"

Young's Literal Translation
And the messengers turn back unto him, and he saith unto them, 'What is this -- ye have turned back!'
Study Bible
Elijah Denounces Ahaziah
4"Now therefore thus says the LORD, 'You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.'" Then Elijah departed. 5When the messengers returned to him he said to them, "Why have you returned?" 6They said to him, "A man came up to meet us and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'"'"…
Cross References
2 Kings 1:4
"Now therefore thus says the LORD, 'You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.'" Then Elijah departed.

2 Kings 1:6
They said to him, "A man came up to meet us and said to us, 'Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.'"'"
Treasury of Scripture

And when the messengers turned back to him, he said to them, Why are you now turned back?

(5) Turned back unto him.--Unto Ahaziah, as the Syriac and Vulgate actually read. Literally, And the messengers returned unto him, and he said, &c. Though Elijah was unknown to the envoys, such a menacing interposition would certainly be regarded as' a Divine warning, which it was perilous to disregard.

Why are ye now turned back?--Why have ye returned? with emphasis on the "Why."

Verse 5. - And when the messengers turned back; rather, when the messengers returned; i.e. when they reached the presence of Ahaziah, he perceived at once that they could not have been to Ekron and come back in the time. He therefore inquired of them, Why are ye now turned back? "Why have ye not completed your journey?" And when the messengers turned back unto him,.... To Ahaziah king of Israel, as they did as soon as Elijah was gone from them; concluding from his habit, his gravity, and the authority with which he spoke, that he was a prophet of the Lord, and especially from his knowledge of them, and of what they were sent about:

he said unto them, why are ye now turned back? for, by the time they had been gone, he knew they could never have been at Ekron and returned. 5. the messengers turned back—They did not know the stranger; but his authoritative tone, commanding attitude, and affecting message determined them at once to return.1:1-8 When Ahaziah rebelled against the Lord, Moab revolted from him. Sin weakens and impoverishes us. Man's revolt from God is often punished by the rebellion of those who owe subjection to him. Ahaziah fell through a lattice, or railing. Wherever we go, there is but a step between us and death. A man's house is his castle, but not to secure him against God's judgments. The whole creation, which groans under the burden of man's sin, will, at length, sink and break under the weight like this lattice. He is never safe that has God for his enemy. Those that will not inquire of the word of God for their comfort, shall hear it to their terror, whether they will or no.
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