But the LORD had told Ahijah, "Jeroboam's wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else."
So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, "Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense?1 I have been sent to you with bad news.
Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:2 'I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler3 over my people Israel.
I tore4 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 right5 in my eyes.
You have done more evil6 than all who lived before you.7 You have made for yourself other gods, idols8 made of metal; you have aroused9 my anger and thrust me behind your back.1010
" 'Because of this, I am going to bring disaster11 on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel--slave or free.a12 I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.1311
Dogs14 will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds15 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.1614
"The LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.b15
And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot17 Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused18 the LORD's anger by making Asherah19 poles.c16
And he will give Israel up because of the sins20 Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit."
Then Jeroboam's wife got up and left and went to Tirzah.21 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.