The Lord had told him that Jeroboam's wife was coming to ask him about her son, who was sick. And the Lord told Ahijah what to say. When Jeroboam's wife arrived, she pretended to be someone else.
But when Ahijah heard her coming in the door, he said, "Come in. I know you are Jeroboam's wife. Why are you pretending to be someone else? I have bad news for you.
Go and tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to him: "I chose you from among the people and made you the ruler of my people Israel.
I took the kingdom away from David's descendants and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who was completely loyal to me, obeyed my commands, and did only what I approve of.
You have committed far greater sins than those who ruled before you. You have rejected me and have aroused my anger by making idols and metal images to worship.
Because of this I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will kill all your male descendants, young and old alike. I will get rid of your family; they will be swept away like dung. 111
Any members of your family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and any who die in the open country will be eaten by vultures. I, the Lord, have spoken.' "
And Ahijah went on to say to Jeroboam's wife, "Now go back home. As soon as you enter the town, your son will die.
All the people of Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He will be the only member of Jeroboam's family who will be properly buried, because he is the only one with whom the Lord, the God of Israel, is pleased.
The Lord is going to place a king over Israel who will put an end to Jeroboam's dynasty. a15
The Lord will punish Israel, and she will shake like a reed shaking in a stream. He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land which he gave to their ancestors, and he will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have aroused his anger by making idols of the goddess Asherah.
The Lord will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and led the people of Israel into sin."
Jeroboam's wife went back to Tirzah. Just as she entered her home, the child died.
The people of Israel mourned for him and buried him, as the Lord had said through his servant, the prophet Ahijah.