And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboamstood by the altar to burn incense .
And he cried 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,Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men'sbones shall be burnt upon thee.
And he gave 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 .
And it came to pass, when kingJeroboamheard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar,saying , Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried 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.6
And the kinganswered and said unto the man of God,Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again . And the man of Godbesought the LORD, and the king'shand was restored him again , and became as it was before.7
And the kingsaid unto the man of God,Comehome with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.8
And the man of Godsaid unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eatbread nor drinkwater in this place:9
For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD,saying , Eat no bread, nor drinkwater, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest .