Now behold, there came1a man of God from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, while Jeroboam was standing by the altar2to burnincense.
23He criedagainst the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar, thussays the LORD, 'Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, 4Josiah by name; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the highplaces who burnincense on you, and humanbones shall be burned on you.' "
Then he gave a asign the sameday, saying, "5This is the bsignwhich the LORD has spoken, 'Behold, the altar shall be splitapart and the casheswhich are on it shall be poured out.' "
Now when the kingheard the saying of the man of God, which he criedagainst the altar in Bethel, Jeroboamstretched out his hand from the altar, saying, "Seize him." But his handwhich he stretched out against him dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself.
The altar also was splitapart and the dashes were poured out from the altar, according to the esignwhich the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.
The kingsaid to the man of God, "Pleasef6entreat the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me." So 7the man of Godgentreated the LORD, and the king'shand was restored to him, and it became as it was before.
Then the kingsaid to the man of God, "Comehome with me and refresh yourself, and 8I will give you a reward."
But the man of Godsaid to the king, "9If you were to give me half your house I would not go with you, nor would I eatbread or drinkwater in thisplace.
"For sohit was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'You shall eatnobread, nordrinkwater, norreturn by the waywhich you came.' "
So he wentanotherway and did not return by the waywhich he came to Bethel.
Now 10an oldprophet was living in Bethel; and his isonscame and told him all the deedswhich the man of God had done that day in Bethel; the wordswhich he had spoken to the king, these also they related to their father.
Their fathersaid to them, "jWhichway did he go?" Now his sonskhad seen the waywhich the man of Godwhocame from Judah had gone.
Then he said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." So they saddled the donkey for him and he rode away on it.
So he wentafter the man of God and found him sittingunderlan oak; and he said to him, "Are you the man of Godwhocame from Judah?" And he said, "I am."
Then he said to him, "Comehome with me and eatbread."
He said, "11I cannotreturn with you, norgo with you, nor will I eatbread or drinkwater with you in thisplace.
"For a command came to me 12by the word of the LORD, 'You shall eatnobread, nordrinkwaterthere; do not return by going the waywhich you came.' "
He said to him, "13I also am a prophetlike you, and 14an angelspoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eatbread and drinkwater.' " But 15he lied to him.
So he wentback with him, and atebread in his house and drankwater.
Now it came about, as they were sittingdown at the table, that the word of the LORDcame to the prophetwho had brought him back;
and he cried to the man of Godwhocame from Judah, saying, "Thussays the LORD, 'Because you have mdisobeyed the ncommand of the LORD, and have not observed the commandmentwhich the LORD your Godcommanded you,
but have returned and eatenbread and drunkwater in the place of which He said to you, "Eatnobread and drinknowater "; your body shall not come to the grave of your fathers.' "
It came about after he had eatenbread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, for the prophetwhom he had broughtback.
Now when he had gone, 16a lionmet him on the way and killed him, and his body was thrown on the road, with the donkeystandingbeside it; the lion also was standingbeside the body.
And behold, menpassed by and saw the bodythrown on the road, and the lionstandingbeside the body; so they came and told it in the citywhere17the oldprophetlived.
Now when the prophetwhobrought him back from the wayheard it, he said, "It is the man of God, whoodisobeyed the pcommand of the LORD; therefore the LORD has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the LORDwhich He spoke to him."
Then he spoke to his sons, saying, "Saddle the donkey for me." And they saddled it.
He went and found his bodythrown on the road with the donkey and the lionstandingbeside the body; the lion had not eaten the bodynortorn the donkey.
So the prophettook up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back, and he came to the city of the oldprophet to mourn and to bury him.
He laid his body in his own grave, and they mournedover him, saying, "18Alas, my brother!"
31After he had buried him, he spoke to his sons, saying, "When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; 19lay my bonesbeside his bones.
"20For the thing shall surelycome to passwhich he cried by the word of the LORDagainst the altar in Bethel and 21againstall the houses of the highplaceswhich are in the cities of 22Samaria."
33AfterthiseventJeroboam did not return from his evilway, but 23again he madepriests of the highplaces from among qall the people; 24any who would, he ordained , to be priests of the highplaces.
34r25Thiseventbecamesin to the house of Jeroboam, 26even to blot it out and destroy it from off the face of the earth.