By the word of the LORD a man of God1 came from Judah to Bethel,2 as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering.
He cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD: "O altar, altar! This is what the LORD says: 'A son named Josiah3 will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places4 who now make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.' "
That same day the man of God gave a sign:5 "This is the sign the LORD has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out."
When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, "Seize him!" But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back.
Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the LORD.
Then the king said to the man of God, "Intercede6 with the LORD your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored." So the man of God interceded with the LORD, and the king's hand was restored and became as it was before.
The king said to the man of God, "Come home with me and have something to eat, and I will give you a gift."78
But the man of God answered the king, "Even if you were to give me half your possessions,8 I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread9 or drink water here.
For I was commanded by the word of the LORD: 'You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.' "
So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.