1 Kings 13 ©
A man of God out of Judah prophesieth against the altar in Beth-el. Jeroboam's hand, which he put forth against him, withereth, but at the prayer of the prophet is restored. The prophet refuseth the king's offered entertainment, and departeth from Beth-el. He is seduced and brought back by an old prophet, who denounceth God's judgment against him for his disobedience to the divine command. A lion killeth him on his way home. The old prophet bringeth his carcase back, burieth it, and confirmeth his prophecy. Jeroboam still persisteth in his evil courses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth-el.
¶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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
¶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.
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.
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.
And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.
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.