When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him.
As he went on his way, a lion1 met him on the road and killed him, and his body was thrown down on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.
Some people who passed by saw the body thrown down there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.
When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, "It is the man of God who defied2 the word of the LORD. The LORD has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the LORD had warned him."
The prophet said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me," and they did so.
Then he went out and found the body thrown down on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey.
So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him.
Then he laid the body in his own tomb,3 and they mourned over him and said, "Oh, my brother!"431
After burying him, he said to his sons, "When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones5 beside his bones.
For the message he declared by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places6 in the towns of Samaria7 will certainly come true."833
Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways,9 but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts10 of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places.
This was the sin11 of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction12 from the face of the earth.