A Man of God from Judah
1While Jeroboam was standing by the altar to offer incense, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel2and proclaimed against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: ‘A son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who offer incense on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’ ”3He gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the Lord has spoken: ‘The altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’ ”4When the king heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him!” But the hand that he stretched out against him withered so that he could not draw it back to himself.5The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.6The king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord; and the king's hand was restored to him, and became as it was before.7Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and dine, and I will give you a gift.”8But the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your kingdom, I will not go in with you; nor will I eat food or drink water in this place.9For thus I was commanded by the word of the Lord: You shall not eat food, or drink water, or return by the way that you came.”10So he went another way, and did not return by the way that he had come to Bethel.11Now there lived an old prophet in Bethel. One of his sons came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; the words also that he had spoken to the king, they told to their father.12Their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him the way that the man of God who came from Judah had gone.13Then he said to his sons, “Saddle a donkey for me.” So they saddled a donkey for him, and he mounted it.14He went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak tree. He said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” He answered, “I am.”15Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat some food.”16But he said, “I cannot return with you, or go in with you; nor will I eat food or drink water with you in this place;17for it was said to me by the word of the Lord: You shall not eat food or drink water there, or return by the way that you came.”18Then the other said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord: Bring him back with you into your house so that he may eat food and drink water.” But he was deceiving him.19Then the man of God went back with him, and ate food and drank water in his house.20As they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back;21and he proclaimed to the man of God who came from Judah, “Thus says the Lord: Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment that the Lord your God commanded you,22but have come back and have eaten food and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, ‘Eat no food, and drink no water,’ your body shall not come to your ancestral tomb.”23After the man of God had eaten food and had drunk, they saddled for him a donkey belonging to the prophet who had brought him back.24Then as he went away, a lion met him on the road and killed him. His body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body.25People passed by and saw the body thrown in the road, with the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the town where the old prophet lived.26When the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him according to the word that the Lord spoke to him.”27Then he said to his sons, “Saddle a donkey for me.” So they saddled one,28and he went and found the body thrown in the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside the body. The lion had not eaten the body or attacked the donkey.29The prophet took up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to the city, to mourn and to bury him.30He laid the body in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, “Alas, my brother!”31After he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.32For the saying that he proclaimed by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places that are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.”33Even after this event Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but made priests for the high places again from among all the people; any who wanted to be priests he consecrated for the high places.34This matter became sin to the house of Jeroboam, so as to cut it off and to destroy it from the face of the earth.Chapter 14Judgment on the House of Jeroboam
1At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam fell sick.2Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so that it will not be known that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh; for the prophet Ahijah is there, who said of me that I should be king over this people.3Take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him; he will tell you what shall happen to the child.”4Jeroboam's wife did so; she set out and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.5But the Lord said to Ahijah, “The wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son; for he is sick. Thus and thus you shall say to her.”
When she came, she pretended to be another woman.6But when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam; why do you pretend to be another? For I am charged with heavy tidings for you.7Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Because I exalted you from among the people, made you leader over my people Israel,8and tore the kingdom away from the house of David to give it to you; yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my sight,9but you have done evil above all those who were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods, and cast images, provoking me to anger, and have thrust me behind your back;10therefore, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will consume the house of Jeroboam, just as one burns up dung until it is all gone.11Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city, the dogs shall eat; and anyone who dies in the open country, the birds of the air shall eat; for the Lord has spoken.’12Therefore set out, go to your house. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die.13All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him; for he alone of Jeroboam's family shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.14Moreover the Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam today, even right now!15“The Lord will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; he will root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their ancestors, and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their sacred poles, provoking the Lord to anger.16He will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he sinned and which he caused Israel to commit.”17Then Jeroboam's wife got up and went away, and she came to Tirzah. As she came to the threshold of the house, the child died.18All Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by his servant the prophet Ahijah.