1 Kings

1 Kings 13 ©

1A man of God out of Judah prophesieth against the altar in Beth-el. 4Jeroboam's hand, which he put forth against him, withereth, but at the prayer of the prophet is restored. 7The prophet refuseth the king's offered entertainment, and departeth from Beth-el. 11He is seduced and brought back by an old prophet, 20who denounceth God's judgment against him for his disobedience to the divine command. 23A lion killeth him on his way home. 26The old prophet bringeth his carcase back, burieth it, and confirmeth his prophecy. 33Jeroboam still persisteth in his evil courses.

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AND, behold, there came a man of aGod out of Judah bby the word of the LORD unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam stood by the altar 1to burn incense.

a 2Ki. 23.17. ch. 12.22.
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And he ccried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, dJosiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

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And he egave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

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And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth-el, that he fput forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, gdried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

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The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.

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And the king answered and said unto the man of God, hIntreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God ibesought 2the LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

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And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and jrefresh thyself, and I will give thee a kreward.

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And the man of God said unto the king, lIf thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

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For mso was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, nEat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

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So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth-el.

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¶Now there dwelt oan old prophet in Beth-el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth-el: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

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And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

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And he said unto his sons, pSaddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

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And went after the man of God, and found him qsitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

q Jn. 4.6. ch. 19.4.
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Then he said unto him, rCome home with me, and eat bread.

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And he said, sI may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

s v.8,9.
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For 3it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

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He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an tangel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

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So he uwent back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

u 2Pe. 1.19. Ga. 2.18. v.9.
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¶And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD vcame unto the prophet that brought him back:

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And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, *Forasmuch was thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,

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But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; xthy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

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¶And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, *to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.

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And when he was gone, ya lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

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And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city zwhere the old prophet dwelt.

z v.11.
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And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath 4torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

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And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.

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And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion ahad not eaten the carcase, nor 5torn the ass.

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And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.

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And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they bmourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!

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And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then cbury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:

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For dthe saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the ehouses of the high places which are in the cities of fSamaria, shall surely come to pass.

d v.2. 2Ki. 23.16,19.
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¶After this thing Jeroboam greturned not from his evil way, but 6made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he 7consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

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And this thing hbecame sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even ito cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.