(NIV1984) 2 Kings 1:14 – “‘See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!'”
This is the end of this captain’s speech. He recognizes the power that Elijah – and God – both hold and how easily it would be to have fire consume him and his men. He doesn’t want that to happen to him or his men, so he’s going out of his way, trying everything he can to prevent that.
The captain’s probably been afraid this entire time. He’s heard the stories of the other two captains and their companies, how they were consumed by fire. But insubordination to the king, Ahaziah, probably meant death. So he was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hopefully he could find a way to persuade Elijah not to kill him.
And that’s what’s noteworthy about his speech – not once does he mention Ahaziah or his order to come down. Not once. His entire focus is his fear of consumation and desire for the salvation of himself and his men – especially himself.