By the word of the LORD one of the sons of the prophets1 said to his companion, "Strike me with your weapon," but the man refused.236
So the prophet said, "Because you have not obeyed the LORD, as soon as you leave me a lion3 will kill you." And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.
The prophet found another man and said, "Strike me, please." So the man struck him and wounded him.
Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes.
As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, "Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, 'Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life,4 or you must pay a talenta of silver.'
While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared." "That is your sentence,"5 the king of Israel said. "You have pronounced it yourself."
Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.
He said to the king, "This is what the LORD says: 'You6 have set free a man I had determined should die.b7 Therefore it is your life for his life,8 your people for his people.' "
Sullen and angry,9 the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.