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.