So he left Bethel and went home another way.
As it happened, there was an old prophet living in Bethel, and his sons came home and told him what the man of God had done in Bethel that day. They also told him what he had said to the king.
The old prophet asked them, "Which way did he go?" So they told their father which road the man of God had taken.
"Quick, saddle the donkey," the old man said. And when they had saddled the donkey for him,
he rode after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak tree.The old prophet asked him, "Are you the man of God who came from Judah?""Yes," he replied, "I am."
Then he said to the man of God, "Come home with me and eat some food."
"No, I cannot," he replied. "I am not allowed to eat any food or drink any water here in this place.
For the LORD gave me this command: 'You must not eat any food or drink any water while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.'"
But the old prophet answered, "I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this message from the LORD: 'Bring him home with you, and give him food to eat and water to drink.'" But the old man was lying to him.
So they went back together, and the man of God ate some food and drank some water at the prophet's home.
Then while they were sitting at the table, a message from the LORD came to the old prophet.
He cried out to the man of God from Judah, "This is what the LORD says: You have defied the LORD's message and have disobeyed the command the LORD your God gave you.
You came back to this place and ate food and drank water where he told you not to eat or drink. Because of this, your body will not be buried in the grave of your ancestors."
Now after the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet saddled his own donkey for him,
and the man of God started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it.
People came by and saw the body lying in the road and the lion standing beside it, and they went and reported it in Bethel, where the old prophet lived.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)