Take ten loaves of bread1 with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy."
So Jeroboam's wife did what he said and went to Ahijah's house in Shiloh. Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.
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?2 I have been sent to you with bad news.
Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:3 'I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler4 over my people Israel.
I tore5 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 right6 in my eyes.
You have done more evil7 than all who lived before you.8 You have made for yourself other gods, idols9 made of metal; you have aroused10 my anger and thrust me behind your back.1110
" 'Because of this, I am going to bring disaster12 on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel--slave or free.a13 I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.1411
Dogs15 will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds16 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.17