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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Kings 13

Verse 1

a man of God. Compare Deuteronomy 33:1 , and see App-49 .

Verse 2

O altar, altar. Figures of speech Apostrophe and E pizeuxis.

child = son.

Josiah by name. Cyrus is the only other so foretold (177 years before). Josiah knew (2 Kings 23:17 , 2 Kings 23:18 ). Cyrus knew ( 2Ch 36:22 , 2 Chronicles 36:23 .Isaiah 44:28; Isaiah 44:28 ).

offer (in sacrifice) = slay, or slaughter. App-43 .

men's: human. Hebrew. 'adam . App-14 .

shall be . This was fulfilled in 2 Kings 23:16 (360 years later).

Verse 3

a sign. We have similar signs in Exodus 3:12 . 2 Kings 19:29 ; 2 Kings 20:8 . Isaiah 7:14 ; Isaiah 8:18 .

Verse 4

put forth his hand. One of the eleven rulers who thus assaulted Jehovah's witnesses. See note on Exodus 10:28 .

Verse 6

thy God. He dare not say "my God".

Verse 8

half thine house. Remembering Numbers 22:18 ; Numbers 24:13 .

Verse 11

in Beth-el. A true prophet could not have remained there. Compare 2 Chronicles 11:16 , 2 Chronicles 11:17 .

and his sons. Septuagint reads "whose sons".

the words. Syriac and Vulg, read "and the words".

Verse 13

me = for me.

him = for him.

Verse 14

an oak = the oak.

Verse 17

eat no bread. To avoid what might have been offered to idols.

Verse 18

an angel spake. A solemn warning for all who listen to any revelation outside Scripture which purports to come from God, even though an "old prophet" asserts it. Compare Galatians 1:1 , Galatians 1:8 , Galatians 1:9 . Of all such it may be said "he lied unto him".

Verse 21

disobeyed = rebelled against. The same expression used of Moses and Aaron at Meribah (Numbers 20:24 ; Numbers 27:14 ). Safety found only in the path of obedience. Compare 1 Kings 13:26 .

Verse 22

sepulchre. Hebrew. keber , a burying-place.

Verse 23

to wit = that is to say.

Verse 24

a lion. For lions in Palestine see Judges 14:5 . 1 Samuel 17:34 . 2 Samuel 23:20 . 2Sa 20:36 .

Verse 26

disobedient , by listening to the alleged word of an angel, instead of obeying the voice of Jehovah. See note on 1 Kings 13:18 .

which He spake. Compare 1 Kings 13:22 .

Verse 30

grave = sepulchre. Hebrew. keber, a burying-place, a pit. Compare App-35 .

Verse 31

lay my bones: i.e. lay them not with the bones of those referred to in 1 Kings 13:2 . Compare 2 Kings 23:18 .

Verse 32

he cried. Compare 1 Kings 13:2 .

Verse 33

became one of the priests. Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulg, reads "became priest".

Verse 34

became sin = became the sin. See note on 1 Kings 12:30 .

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/1-kings-13.html. 1909-1922.