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1 Kings 13:19

So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house and drank water.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Falsehood;   Judgments;   Minister, Christian;   Temptation;   Scofield Reference Index - Miracles;   Thompson Chain Reference - Water;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Offence;   Water;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Iddo;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bethel;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bethel;   Jadon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bethel ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Balaam;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Old Prophet, the;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

So he went back with him - He permitted himself to be imposed on; he might have thought, as he had accomplished every purpose for which God sent him, and had actually begun to return by another way, God, who had given him the charge, had authority to say, "As thy purpose was to obey every injunction, even to the letter, I now permit thee to go with this old prophet, and take some refreshment." Now God might as well have dispensed with this part of the injunction, as he did in the case of Abraham: Take thy son Isaac, thy only son, whom thou lovest - and offer him for a burnt-offering; but, when he saw his perfect readiness, he dispensed with the actual offering, and accepted a ram in his stead. Thus much may be said in vindication of the man of God: but if this be so, why should he be punished with death, for doing what he had reason and precedent to believe might be the will of God? I answer: He should not have taken a step back, till he had remission of the clause from the same authority which gave him the general message. He should have had it from the word of the Lord to himself, in both cases, as Abraham had; and not taken an apparent contradiction of what was before delivered unto him, from the mouth of a stranger, who only professed to have it from an angel, who pretended to speak unto him by the word of the Lord. In this, and in this alone, lay the sinfulness of the act of the man of God, who came out of Judah.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-13.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So he went back with him,.... In which he sinned; for as he had most certainly the command of God not to eat and drink in that place, he ought to have had the countermand from the Lord, and not trusted to another person. There are some things indeed which may be said in his favour, and be an apology for him, as that this man was an ancient prophet of the Lord, as he appeared to him; and that though he was forbid to eat and drink with idolaters, yet he thought he might with a prophet of the Lord, and especially as he affirmed he had the direction of an angel of the Lord for it; nor could he conceive that the prophet had any interest to serve by it, but rather it might be chargeable and burdensome to him; and he might think the Lord, out of compassion on him, had countermanded his former orders, and the circumstances he was in might the more incline him to listen to these plausible pretences; but, after all, he ought to have taken no directions but from the Lord himself; in this he failed:

and did eat bread in his house, and drink water; contrary to the express command of God.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-13.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 13:19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

Ver. 19. So he went back with him.] He was too light of belief, and too easily entreated; his male suada fames might prompt him thereunto. Gregory thinks he might be self-conceited at his precedent doings and good success: to humble him, therefore, he is thus suffered to fall. Or it may be, saith Martyr, God was offended with him because he stayed by the way, and made no more haste back again. If he had prayed for direction, and paused a while upon this pretended countermand, he had not, likely, so miscarried.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-13.html. 1865-1868.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 13:19. So he went back with him — Too readily hearkening to his words, and not considering that what God himself had expressly commanded, nothing but the express command of the same God could set aside: otherwise the commands of God might be made of none effect by any one who should feign to have a divine commission.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:19". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-13.html. 1857.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.
9; Genesis 3:6; Deuteronomy 13:1,3,5; 18:20; Acts 4:19; 2 Peter 2:18,19
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 13:22 - eaten

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-13.html.