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Jeroboam Warned, Stricken

1 Now behold, there came a R515 man of God from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, while Jeroboam was standing by the altar to R516 burn incense. 2 He R517 cried against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar, thus says the LORD, `Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah R518 by name; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.' " 3 Then he gave a sign F362 the same day, saying, "This R519 is the sign F362 which the LORD has spoken, `Behold, the altar shall be split apart and the ashes F363 which are on it shall be poured out.' " 4 Now when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, "Seize him." But his hand which he stretched out against him dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. 5 The altar also was split apart and the ashes F364 were poured out from the altar, according to the sign F365 which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 6 The king said to the man of God, "Please entreat R520 F366 the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me." So the R521 man of God entreated F367 the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him, and it became as it was before. 7 Then the king said to the man of God, "Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I R522 will give you a reward." 8 But the man of God said to the king, "If R523 you were to give me half your house I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place. 9 "For so it F368 was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, `You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way which you came.' " 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way which he came to Bethel.

The Disobedient Prophet

11 Now an R524 old prophet was living in Bethel; and his sons F369 came and told him all the deeds which the man of God had done that day in Bethel; the words which he had spoken to the king, these also they related to their father. 12 Their father said to them, "Which F370 way did he go?" Now his sons had F371 seen the way which the man of God who came from Judah had gone. 13 Then he said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." So they saddled the donkey for him and he rode away on it. 14 So he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an F372 oak; and he said to him, "Are you the man of God who came from Judah?" And he said, "I am." 15 Then he said to him, "Come home with me and eat bread." 16 He said, "I R525 cannot return with you, nor go with you, nor will I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 "For a command came to me by R526 the word of the LORD, `You shall eat no bread, nor drink water there; do not return by going the way which you came.' " 18 He said to him, "I R527 also am a prophet like you, and an R528 angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, `Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.' " But he R529 lied to him. 19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house and drank water.

20 Now it came about, as they were sitting down at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back; 21 and he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, `Because you have disobeyed F373 the command F374 of the LORD, and have not observed the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, 22 but have returned and eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which He said to you, "Eat no bread and drink no water"; your body shall not come to the grave of your fathers.' " 23 It came about after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 Now when he had gone, a R530 lion met him on the way and killed him, and his body was thrown on the road, with the donkey standing beside it; the lion also was standing beside the body. 25 And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown on the road, and the lion standing beside the body; so they came and told it in the city where the R531 old prophet lived.

26 Now when the prophet who brought him back from the way heard it, he said, "It is the man of God, who disobeyed F375 the command F376 of the LORD; therefore the LORD has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke to him." 27 Then he spoke to his sons, saying, "Saddle the donkey for me." And they saddled it. 28 He went and found his body thrown on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside the body; the lion had not eaten the body nor torn the donkey. 29 So the prophet took up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back, and he came to the city of the old prophet to mourn and to bury him. 30 He laid his body in his own grave, and they mourned over him, saying, "Alas, R532 my brother!" 31 After he had buried him, he spoke to his sons, saying, "When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay R533 my bones beside his bones. 32 "For R534 the thing shall surely come to pass which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against R535 all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria." R536

33 After this event Jeroboam did not return from his evil way, but again R537 he made priests of the high places from among all F377 the people; any R538 who would, he ordained, to be priests of the high places. 34 This R539 F378 event became sin to the house of Jeroboam, even R540 to blot it out and destroy it from off the face of the earth.


FOOTNOTES:
F362: Lit between the scale-armor and the breastplate
F362: Lit between the scale-armor and the breastplate
F363: Lit your hand
F364: Lit camp
F365: Lit went up
F366: Lit land
F367: Lit consumed
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CROSS REFERENCES:
R515: 1 Kings 12:22; 2 Kings 23:17
R516: 1 Kings 12:33
R517: 1 Kings 13:32
R518: 2 Kings 23:15,16
R519: Exodus 4:1-5; Judges 6:17; Isaiah 38:7; John 2:18; 1 Corinthians 1:22
R520: Exodus 8:8,28; 9:28; 10:17; Acts 8:24; James 5:16
R521: Luke 6:27,28
R522: 1 Samuel 9:7,8; 2 Kings 5:15
R523: Numbers 22:18; 24:13; 1 Kings 13:16,17
R524: 1 Kings 13:25; 2 Kings 23:18
R525: 1 Kings 13:8,9
R526: 1 Kings 20:35
R527: Matthew 7:15; 1 John 4:1
R528: Galatians 1:8
R529: Proverbs 12:19,22; 19:5; Jeremiah 29:31,32; Ezekiel 13:8,9; 1 Timothy 4:1,2
R530: 1 Kings 20:36
R531: 1 Kings 13:11
R532: Jeremiah 22:18
R533: Ruth 1:17; 2 Kings 23:17,18
R534: 1 Kings 13:2
R535: Leviticus 26:30; 1 Kings 12:31
R536: 1 Kings 16:24; John 4:5; Acts 8:14
R537: 1 Kings 12:31,32
R538: Judges 17:5
R539: 1 Kings 12:30; 2 Kings 17:21
R540: 1 Kings 14:10; 15:29,30

 
 

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