1 The Lord commanded a man of God from Judah to go to the city of Bethel. King Jeroboam was standing at the altar offering incense when the man of God arrived. 2 The Lord had commanded the man of God to speak against the altar. He said, “Altar, the Lord says to you: 'David’s family will have a son named Josiah. These priests are now worshiping at the high places. But altar, Josiah will put those priests on you and he will kill them. Now those priests burn incense upon you. But Josiah will burn human bones on you. ˻Then you can’t be used again!˼’” 3 The man of God gave proof to the people that these things would happen. He said, “This is proof that the Lord told me about. The Lord said, 'This altar will break apart. And the ashes on it will fall onto the ground.” 4 King Jeroboam heard the message from the man of God about the altar in Bethel. He took his hand off of the altar and pointed at the man. He said, “Arrest that man!” But when the king said this, his arm became paralyzed. He could not move it. 5 Also, the altar broke into pieces. All its ashes fell onto the ground. This was the proof that the things the man of God said were from God. 6 Then King Jeroboam said to the man of God, “Please pray to the Lord your God for me. Ask the Lord to heal my arm.” So the man of God prayed to the Lord. And the king’s arm was healed. It became like it was before. 7 Then the king said to the man of God, “Please come home with me. Come and eat with me. I will give you a gift.” 8 But the man of God said to the king, “I will not go home with you, even if you give me half of your kingdom! I will not eat or drink anything in this place. 9 The Lord commanded me not to eat or drink anything. The Lord also commanded me not to travel on the same road that I used when I came here.” 10 So he traveled on a different road. He did not travel on the same road that he used when he came to Bethel. 11 There was an old prophet living in the city of Bethel. His sons came and told him about what the man of God did in Bethel. They told their father what the man of God had said to King Jeroboam. 12 The old prophet said, “Which road did he use when he left?” So the sons showed their father which way the man of God from Judah had taken. 13 The old prophet told his sons to put a saddle on his donkey. So they put the saddle on the donkey. Then the prophet left on his donkey. 14 The old prophet went after the man of God. The old prophet found the man of God sitting under an oak tree. The old prophet asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” The man of God answered, “Yes, I am.” 15 So the old prophet said, “Please come home and eat with me.” 16 But the man of God answered, “I can’t go home with you. I can’t eat or drink with you in this place. 17 The Lord said to me, 'You must not eat or drink anything in that place. And you must not go back on the same road you came on.’” 18 Then the old prophet said, “But I am also a prophet like you.” Then the old prophet told a lie. He said, “An angel from the Lord came to me. The angel told me to bring you to my home and allow you to eat and drink with me.” 19 So the man of God went to the old prophet’s house and ate and drank with him. 20 While they were sitting at the table, the Lord spoke to the old prophet. 21 And the old prophet spoke to the man of God from Judah. He said, “The Lord said that you did not obey him! You did not do the thing the Lord commanded. 22 The Lord commanded you not to eat or drink anything in this place. But you came back and ate and drank. So your body will not be buried in your family grave.” 23 The man of God finished eating and drinking. Then the old prophet put the saddle on the donkey for him and the man left. 24 On the road traveling home, a lion attacked and killed the man of God. The prophet’s body was lying on the road. The donkey and the lion stood near the body. 25 Some other men were traveling on that road. They saw the body and the lion standing near the body. The men came to the city where the old prophet lived and told about what they had seen on the road. 26 The old prophet had ˻tricked the man and˼ brought him back. He heard about what happened and he said, “That is the man of God who did not obey the Lord’s command. So the Lord sent a lion to kill him. The Lord said that he would do this.” 27 Then the prophet said to his sons, “Put a saddle on my donkey.” So his sons put a saddle on his donkey. 28 The old prophet went and found the body lying on the road. The donkey and the lion were still standing near it. The lion had not eaten the body, and it did not hurt the donkey. 29 The old prophet put the body on his donkey. He carried the body back to the city to cry for him and bury him. 30 The old prophet buried the man in his own family grave. The old prophet cried for him. The old prophet said, “Oh, my brother, I am sorry for you.” 31 So the old prophet buried the body. Then he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in this same grave. Put my bones next to his. 32 The things which the Lord spoke through him will certainly come true. The Lord used him to speak against the altar at Bethel and against the high places in the other towns in Samaria.” 33 King Jeroboam did not change. He continued doing evil things. He continued to choose people from different family groups to become priests. Those priests served at the high places. Any person who wanted to be a priest was allowed to become a priest. 34 That was the sin that caused the destruction and ruin of his kingdom.