The death of Ahaziah.
This verse anticipates the story in
and may be out of place here.
The lattice was decorative, but also functional in the sense of admitting light and air while providing some privacy. It was not strong
enough to keep a person from falling, as this story shows. Ahaziah sent messengers to inquire, a technical term for divination. Baal-zebub,
meaning “lord of the fly,” is a deliberate mocking distortion of the name Baal-zebul,
The Hebrew word for angel also means messenger.
A hairy man, literally “a man of hair,” may refer to a coarse garment that was the mantle of prophets
The fire of God from heaven was probably lightning.
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