Jeroboam Warned, Stricken
1 Now behold°, there came° aa man° of God° from Judah° to Bethel° by the word° of the LORD°, while Jeroboam° was standing° by the altar° bto burn° incense°. 2 aHe 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°, bJosiah° 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 Isign° the same° day°, saying°, “aThis° is the Isign° which° the LORD° has spoken°, ‘Behold°, the altar° shall be split° apart° and the IIashes° 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 Iashes° were poured° out from the altar°, according to the IIsign° which° the man° of God° had given° by the word° of the LORD°. 6 The king° said° to the man° of God°, “Please° Iaentreat° the LORD° your God°, and pray° for me, that my hand° may be restored° to me.” So bthe man° of God° IIentreated° 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 aI will give° you a reward°.” 8 But the man° of God° said° to the king°, “aIf° 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° Iit 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°.
 a1K 12:22; 2K 23:17 b1K 12:33
 a1K 13:32 b2K 23:15, 16
 ILit wonder IILit ashes of fat aEx 4:1-5; Jg 6:17; Is 38:7; Jn 2:18; 1Co 1:22
 ILit ashes of fat IILit wonder
 ILit soften the face of IILit softened the face of aEx 8:8, 28; 9:28; 10:17; Ac 8:24; Jm 5:16 bLk 6:27, 28
 a1S 9:7, 8; 2K 5:15
 aNu 22:18; 24:13; 1K 13:16, 17
 ILit he commanded me
The Disobedient Prophet
11 ¶ Now aan old° prophet° was living° in Bethel°; and his Isons° 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, “IWhich°° way° did he go°?” Now his sons° IIhad 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° Ian 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°, “aI 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 aby 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, “aI also° am a prophet° like° you, and ban 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] che lied° to him. 19 So he went° back° with him, and ate° bread° in his house° and drank° water°.
 ILit son a1K 13:25; 2K 23:18
 ILit Where is the way he went IISome ancient versions read showed him
 IOr a terebinth
 a1K 13:8, 9
 a1K 20:35
 aMt 7:15; 1 Jn 4:1 bGa 1:8 cPv 12:19, 22; 19:5; Jr 29:31, 32; Ezk 13:8, 9; 1Ti 4:1, 2
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 Idisobeyed° the IIcommand° 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°, aa 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° athe 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° Idisobeyed° the IIcommand° 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], “aAlas°, 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°; alay° my bones° beside° his bones°. 32 aFor the thing° shall surely° come° to pass° which° he cried° by the word° of the LORD° against° the altar° in Bethel° and bagainst° all° the houses° of the high° places° which° are in the cities° of cSamaria°.”
 ILit rebelled against IILit mouth
 aJr 22:18
 aRu 1:17; 2K 23:17, 18
 a1K 13:2 bLv 26:30; 1K 12:31 c1K 16:24; Jn 4:5; Ac 8:14
33 ¶ After° this° event° Jeroboam° did not return° from his evil° way°, but aagain° he made° priests° of the high° places° from among Iall° the people°; bany who would°, he ordained°°, to be priests° of the high° places°. 34 IaThis° event° became° sin° to the house° of Jeroboam°, beven to blot° [it] out and destroy° [it] from off° the face° of the earth°.
 IOr extremities of a1K 12:31, 32 bJg 17:5
 ILit by this thing he became a1K 12:30; 2K 17:21 b1K 14:10; 15:29, 30
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Jeroboam's hand, that offered violence to him that prophesied against his altar at Beth-el, withereth,
1 ¶ And, behold,² there cameºª a manº of Godº out of Judahº² by the wordº of the LORDº unto² Bethel:º and Jeroboamº stoodºª by² the altarº to burn incense.ºª 2 And he criedºª against² the altarº in the wordº of the LORD,º and said,ºª O altar,º altar,º thus² saithºª the LORD;º Behold,² a childº shall be bornºª unto the houseº of David,º Josiahº by name;º and upon² thee shall he offerºª² the priestsº of the high placesº that burn incenseºª upon² thee, and men'sº bonesº shall be burntºª upon² thee. 3 And he gaveºª a signº the same² day,º saying,ºª This² [is] the signº which² the LORDº hath spoken;ºª Behold,² the altarº shall be rent,ºª and the ashesº that² [are] upon² it shall be poured out.ºª 4 And it came to pass,² when kingº Jeroboamº heardºª² the sayingº of the manº of God,º which² had criedºª against² the altarº in Bethel,º that he put forthºª² his handº from²² the altar,º saying,ºª Lay holdºª on him. And his hand,º which² he put forthºª against² him, dried up,ºª so that he couldºª not² pull it in againºª to² him. 5 The altarº also was rent,ºª and the ashesº poured outºª from² the altar,º according to the signº which² the manº of Godº had givenºª by the wordº of the LORD.º
 Nu 16:40; 1K 12:22, 32; 13:5, 9, 26, 32; 20:35; 2K 23:17; 2Ch 9:29; 26:18; Jr 11:12; 25:3; 32:29; Mal 1:11; 1Th 4:15; Rv 8:3.
 Dt 32:1; 2K 22:1; 23:15; 2Ch 34:1, 4; Is 1:2; 42:9; 44:26; 46:10; 48:5; 58:1; Jr 22:29; Ezk 36:1, 4; 38:4; Lk 19:40.
 Ex 4:3, 8; 7:10; Dt 13:1; 1S 2:34; 2K 20:8; Is 7:11; 38:6, 22; Jr 44:29; Mt 12:38; Jn 2:18; 1Co 1:22.
 Gn 19:11; 2K 6:18; 2Ch 16:10; 18:25; 25:15; Ps 105:15; Jr 20:2, 4; 26:8, 20; 38:4; Am 7:10; Mt 25:40; 26:57; Mk 14:44; Lk 3:19; 6:10; Jn 13:20; 18:6; Ac 6:12; 9:4; 13:8; Rv 11:5.
 Ex 9:18; Nu 16:23; Dt 18:22; 1K 13:3; 22:28, 35; Jr 28:16; Mk 16:20; Ac 5:1.
and at the prayer of the prophet is restored.
6 And the kingº answeredºª and saidºª unto² the manº of God,º Intreatºª now²² the faceº of the LORDº thy God,º and prayºª for² me, that my handº may be restored me again.ºª² And the manº of Godº besoughtºª¹² the LORD,º² and the king'sº handº was restored him again,ºª² and became² as [it was] before.º
 Ex 8:8, 12, 28; 9:28; 10:17; 12:32; Nu 12:13; 21:7; 1S 12:19, 23; Jr 37:3; 42:2; Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27; 23:34; Ac 7:60; 8:24; Ro 12:14, 21; Jm 5:16; Rv 3:9.
The prophet, refusing the king's entertainment, departeth from Beth-el.
7 And the kingº saidºª unto² the manº of God,º Comeºª homeº with² me, and refreshºª thyself, and I will giveºª thee a reward.º 8 And the manº of Godº saidºª unto² the king,º If² thou wilt giveºª me² halfº thine house,º I will not² go inºª with² thee, neither² will I eatºª breadº nor² drinkºª waterº in this² place:º 9 For² so² was it chargedºª me by the wordº of the LORD,º saying,ºª Eatºª no² bread,º nor² drinkºª water,º nor² turn againºª by the same wayº that² thou camest.ºª 10 So he went¹ª² anotherº way,º and returnedºª not² by the wayº that² he cameºª to² Bethel.º
 Gn 18:5; Jg 13:15; 19:21; 1S 9:7; 2K 5:15; Jr 40:5; Mal 1:10; Ac 8:18; 1P 5:2.
 Ex 5:3, 6; 7:2; Nu 22:18; 24:13; 2K 5:16, 26; Mk 6:11, 23; 2Co 11:9.
 Nu 16:26; Dt 13:13; 1S 15:22; 1K 13:1, 21; Jb 23:12; Ps 141:4; Jn 13:17; 15:9, 14; Ro 16:17; 1Co 5:11; Ep 5:11; 2Jn 1:10; Rv 18:4.
An old prophet, seducing him, bringeth him back.
11 ¶ Now there dweltºª an¹ oldº² prophetº in Bethel;º and his sonsº cameºª and toldºª him² all² the worksº that² the manº of Godº had doneºª that dayº in Bethel:º² the wordsº which² he had spokenºª unto² the king,º them they toldºª also to their father.º 12 And their fatherº saidºª unto² them, What²² wayº wentºª he? For his sonsº had seenºª² what¹² wayº the manº of Godº went,ºª which² cameºª from Judah.º² 13 And he saidºª unto² his sons,º Saddleºª me the ass.º So they saddledºª him the ass:º and he rodeºª thereon,² 14 And went¹ª² afterº the manº of God,º and foundºª him sittingºª under² an oak:º and he saidºª unto² him, [Art] thou² the manº of Godº that² camestºª from² Judah?º And he said,ºª I² [am]. 15 Then he saidºª unto² him, Come¹ª² homeº with² me, and eatºª bread.º 16 And he said,ºª I mayºª not² returnºª with² thee, nor go inºª with² thee: neither² will I eatºª breadº nor² drinkºª waterº with² thee in this² place:º 17 For² it was saidº to² me by the wordº of the LORD,º Thou shalt eatºª no² breadº nor² drinkºª waterº there,² nor² turn againºª to go¹ª² by the wayº that² thou camest.ºª 18 He saidºª unto him, I² [am] a prophetº also² as thou [art]; and an angelº spakeºª unto² me by the wordº of the LORD,º saying,ºª Bring him backºª with² thee into² thine house,º that he may eatºª breadº and drinkºª water.º [But] he liedºª unto him. 19 So he went backºª with² him, and did eatºª breadº in his house,º and drankºª water.º
 Nu 23:4; 24:2; 1S 10:11; 1K 13:20; 2K 23:18; Ezk 13:2, 16; Mt 7:22; 1Ti 3:5; 2P 2:16.
 Nu 22:21; Jg 5:10; 10:4; 2S 19:26; 1K 13:27.
 1K 13:1; 19:4; Jn 4:6, 34; 1Co 4:11; 2Co 11:27; Php 4:12.
 Gn 3:1; Nu 22:13, 19; 1K 13:8; Mt 4:10; 16:23.
 1K 13:1; 20:35; 1Th 4:15.
 Gn 3:4; Nu 22:35; Jg 6:11; 13:3; Is 9:15; Jr 5:12, 31; 23:14, 17, 32; 28:15; Ezk 13:9, 22; Mt 7:15; 24:24; Ro 16:18; 2Co 11:3, 13; 2P 2:1; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 19:20.
 Gn 3:6; Dt 13:1, 3, 5; 18:20; 1K 13:9; Ac 4:19; 2P 2:18.
He is reproved by God,
20 ¶ And it came to pass,² as they² satºª at² the table,º that the wordº of the LORDº came² unto² the prophetº that² brought him back:ºª 21 And he criedºª unto² the manº of Godº that² cameºª from² Judah,º saying,ºª Thus² saithºª the LORD,º Forasmuch²² as¹ thou hast disobeyedºª the mouthº of the LORD,º and hast not² keptºª² the commandmentº which² the LORDº thy Godº commandedºª thee, 22 But camest back,ºª and hast eatenºª breadº and drunkºª waterº in the place,º of the which² [the LORD] did sayºª to² thee, Eatºª no² bread,º and drinkºª no² water;º thy carcaseº shall not² comeºª unto² the sepulchreº of thy fathers.º
 Gn 22:11; Nu 23:5, 16; 24:4, 16; 1K 13:23, 26; Mt 7:22; Jn 11:51; 1Co 13:2.
 Gn 3:7; Lv 10:3; Nu 20:12, 24; 1S 4:18; 13:13; 15:19, 22; 2S 6:7; 12:9; 24:13; 1K 13:17; Es 6:13; Jr 2:19; Ga 1:8; Rv 3:19.
 1K 13:9, 19, 30; 14:13; 2Ch 21:19; Is 14:18; Jr 22:18.
slain by a lion,
24 And when he was gone,¹ª² a lionº metºª him by the way,º and slewºª him: and his carcaseº was² castºª in the way,º and the assº stoodºª byº it, the lionº also stoodºª by² the carcase.º 25 And, behold,² men¹² passed by,ºª and sawºª² the carcaseº castºª in the way,º and the lionº standingºª byº the carcase:º and they cameºª and toldºª [it] in the cityº where² the oldº prophetº dwelt.ºª
buried by the old prophet,
26 And when the prophetº that² brought him backºª from² the wayº heardºª [thereof], he said,ºª It² [is] the manº of God,º who² was disobedientºª unto² the wordº of the LORD:º therefore the LORDº hath deliveredºª him unto the lion,º which hath tornºª him, and slainºª him, according to the wordº of the LORD,º which² he spakeºª unto him. 27 And he spakeºª to² his sons,º saying,ºª Saddleºª me² the ass.º And they saddledºª [him]. 28 And he went¹ª² and foundºª² his carcaseº castºª in the way,º and the assº and the lionº standingºª byº the carcase:º the lionº had not² eatenºª² the carcase,º nor² tornºª² the ass.º 29 And the prophetº took upºª² the carcaseº of the manº of God,º and laid¹ª² it upon² the ass,º and brought it back:ºª and the oldº prophetº cameºª to² the city,º to mournºª and to buryºª him. 30 And he laid¹ª²² his carcaseº in his own grave;º and they mournedºª over² him, [saying], Alas,º my brother!º
 Lv 10:3; 2S 12:10, 14; 1K 13:9; Ps 119:120; Pv 11:31; Ezk 9:6; 1Co 11:30; He 12:28; 1P 4:17.
 Lv 10:2, 5; 1K 17:4, 6; Jb 38:11; Ps 148:7; Jr 5:22; Dn 3:22, 27; 6:22; Ac 16:26; He 11:33.
 1K 14:13; Jr 22:18; Ac 8:2.
who confirmeth his prophecy.
31 And it came to pass,² afterº he had buriedºª him, that he spakeºª to² his sons,º saying,ºª When I am dead,ºª then buryºª me in the sepulchreº wherein² the manº of Godº [is] buried;ºª lay¹ª²² my bonesº besideº his bones:º 32 For² the sayingº which² he criedºª by the wordº of the LORDº against² the altarº in Bethel,º and against² all² the housesº of the high placesº which² [are] in the citiesº of Samaria,º shall surely come to pass.º
 Nu 23:10; Ps 26:9; Ec 8:10; Lk 16:22.
 Lv 26:30; 1K 12:29, 31; 13:2; 16:24; 2K 23:16; 2Ch 25:13; Ezr 4:10; Jn 4:4.
33 ¶ Afterº this² thingº Jeroboamº returnedºª not² from his evil¹ way,º²² but madeºª againºª of the lowestº² of the peopleº priestsº of the high places:º whosoever would,º he consecratedººª² him, and he became² [one] of the priestsº of the high places.º 34 And this² thingº became² sinº unto the houseº of Jeroboam,º even to cut [it] off,ºª and to destroyºª [it] from off²² the faceº of the earth.º
 Ex 28:41; Nu 1:51; 3:10; 17:5, 12; Jg 17:12; 1K 12:31; 2Ch 11:15; 13:9; Ps 78:34; Jr 18:4; Am 6:11; 2Ti 3:13.
 1K 12:26, 30; 14:10; 15:29; 2K 10:31; 17:21; Pv 13:6.
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