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."