Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:1 'I raised you up from among the people and made you a leader2 over my people Israel.
I tore3 the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right4 in my eyes.
You have done more evil5 than all who lived before you.6 You have made for yourself other gods, idols7 made of metal; you have provoked8 me to anger and thrust me behind your back.910
" 'Because of this, I am going to bring disaster10 on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel--slave or free.11 I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.1211
Dogs13 will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds of the air14 will feed on those who die in the country. The LORD has spoken!'
"As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die.
All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the LORD, the God of Israel, has found anything good.1514
"The LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. This is the day! What? Yes, even now.a15
And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot16 Israel from this good land that he gave to their forefathers and scatter them beyond the River,b because they provoked17 the LORD to anger by making Asherah18 poles.c16
And he will give Israel up because of the sins19 Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit."
Then Jeroboam's wife got up and left and went to Tirzah.20 As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died.
They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the LORD had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.
The other events of Jeroboam's reign, his wars and how he ruled, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.
He reigned for twenty-two years and then rested with his fathers. And Nadab his son succeeded him as king.