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1 Kings 13 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:1 - Just then a prophet from Judah, sent by the LORD, arrived in Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing near the altar ready to offer a sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:2 - With the authority of the LORD he cried out against the altar, "O altar, altar! This is what the LORD says, 'Look, a son named Josiah will be born to the Davidic dynasty. He will sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who offer sacrifices on you. Human bones will be burned on you.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:3 - That day he also announced a sign, "This is the sign the LORD has predetermined: The altar will be split open and the ashes on it will fall to the ground."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:4 - When the king heard what the prophet cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand and ordered, "Seize him!" The hand he had extended shriveled up and he could not pull it back.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:5 - The altar split open and the ashes fell from the altar to the ground, in fulfillment of the sign the prophet had announced with the LORD's authority.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:6 - The king pled with the prophet, "Seek the favor of the LORD your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored." So the prophet sought the LORD's favor and the king's hand was restored to its former condition.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:7 - The king then said to the prophet, "Come home with me and have something to eat. I'd like to give a present."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:8 - But the prophet said to the king, "Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I could not go with you and eat and drink in this place.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:9 - For the LORD gave me strict orders, 'Do not eat or drink there and do not go home the way you came.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:10 - So he started back on another road; he did not travel back on the same road he had taken to Bethel.

The Disobedient Prophet

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:11 - Now there was an old prophet living in Bethel. When his sons came home, they told their father everything the prophet had done in Bethel that day and all the words he had spoken to the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:12 - Their father asked them, "Which road did he take?" His sons showed him the road the prophet from Judah had taken.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:13 - He then told his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." When they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:14 - and took off after the prophet, whom he found sitting under an oak tree. He asked him, "Are you the prophet from Judah?" He answered, "Yes, I am."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:15 - He then said to him, "Come home with me and eat something."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:16 - But he replied, "I can't go back with you or eat and drink with you in this place.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:17 - For the LORD gave me strict orders, 'Do not eat or drink there; do not go back the way you came.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:18 - The old prophet then said, "I too am a prophet like you. An angel told me with the LORD's authority, 'Bring him back with you to your house so he can eat and drink.'" But he was lying to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:19 - So the prophet went back with him and ate and drank in his house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:20 - While they were sitting at the table, the LORD spoke through the old prophet
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:21 - and he cried out to the prophet from Judah, "This is what the LORD says, 'You have rebelled against the LORD and have not obeyed the command the LORD your God gave you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:22 - You went back and ate and drank in this place, even though he said to you, "Do not eat or drink there." Therefore your corpse will not be buried in your ancestral tomb.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:23 - When the prophet from Judah finished his meal, the old prophet saddled his visitor's donkey for him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:24 - As the prophet from Judah was traveling, a lion attacked him on the road and killed him. His corpse was lying on the road, and the donkey and the lion just stood there beside it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:25 - Some men came by and saw the corpse lying in the road with the lion standing beside it. They went and reported what they had seen in the city where the old prophet lived.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:26 - When the old prophet who had invited him to his house heard the news, he said, "It is the prophet who rebelled against the LORD. The LORD delivered him over to the lion and it ripped him up and killed him, just as the LORD warned him."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:27 - He told his sons, "Saddle my donkey," and they did so.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:28 - He went and found the corpse lying in the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside it; the lion had neither eaten the corpse nor attacked the donkey.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:29 - The old prophet picked up the corpse of the prophet, put it on the donkey, and brought it back. The old prophet then entered the city to mourn him and to bury him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:30 - He put the corpse into his own tomb, and they mourned over him, saying, "Ah, my brother!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:31 - After he buried him, he said to his sons, "When I die, bury me in the tomb where the prophet is buried; put my bones right beside his bones,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:32 - for the prophecy he announced with the LORD's authority against the altar in Bethel and against all the temples on the high places in the cities of the north will certainly be fulfilled."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:33 - After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; he continued to appoint common people as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 13:34 - This sin caused Jeroboam's dynasty to come to an end and to be destroyed from the face of the earth.

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