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1 Kings 13

1 Kings 13:1-22 . JEROBOAM'S HAND WITHERS.

21. he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah--rather, "it cried," that is, the word of the Lord.

1 Kings 13:23-32 . THE DISOBEDIENT PROPHET SLAIN BY A LION.

24. a lion met him by the way, and slew him--There was a wood near Beth-el infested with lions ( 2 Kings 2:24 ). This sad catastrophe was a severe but necessary judgment of God, to attest the truth of the message with which the prophet had been charged. All the circumstances of this tragic occurrence (the undevoured carcass, the untouched ass, the passengers unmolested by the lion, though standing there) were calculated to produce an irresistible impression that the hand of God was in it.

31. bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried--His motive in making this request was either that his remains might not be disturbed when the predicted events took place (see 2 Kings 23:18 ), or he had some superstitious hope of being benefited at the resurrection by being in the same cave with a man of God.

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