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1 Kings 13:3

Then he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which the Lord has spoken, ‘Behold, the altar shall be split apart and the ashes which are on it shall be poured out.'"
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Beth-El;   Calf;   Forgiveness;   Intercession;   Jeroboam;   Josiah;   Judgments;   Miracles;   Reproof;   Rulers;   Sign;   Symbols and Similitudes;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Calves of Jeroboam;   Fire;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Iddo;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bethel;   Jeroboam;   Josiah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Destroy, Destruction;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Jeroboam;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Veil of the Temple;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bethel;   High Place;   Jeroboam;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Jadon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Inspiration and Revelation;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bethel ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Law of Moses;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jeroboam;   Prophecy;   Prophets;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Israel;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Old Prophet, the;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ashes;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And he gave a sign - A miracle to prove that the prophecy should be fulfilled in its season.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-13.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He gave a sign - A sign of this kind - an immediate prophecy to prove the divine character of a remote prophecy - had scarcely been given before this. In the later history, however, such signs are not unfrequent (compare 2 Kings 19:29; Isaiah 7:14-16).

The ashes … shall be poured out - i. e., “The half-burnt remains of the offerings shall be ignominiously spilled upon the ground.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-13.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, this is the sign which the Lord hath spoken,.... As a confirmation of the truth of what the prophet had said, and for the proof of his being a true prophet of the Lord:

behold, the altar shall be rent; of itself, by an invisible hand, by the power of God:

and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out; signifying it should be entirely demolished, not only shaken but destroyed, so as not to be capable of retaining the ashes on it; this was an emblem of the utter abolition of idolatry here in future times.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-13.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This [is] the c sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that [are] upon it shall be poured out.

(c) By this sign you will know that the Lord has sent me.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-13.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

Gave a sign — That is, he then wrought a miracle, to assure them of the truth of his prophecy.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-13.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 13:3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This [is] the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that [are] upon it shall be poured out.

Ver. 3. Behold, the altar shall be rent.] To foreshow the downfall of that idolatry. So the veil of the temple rent at Christ’s death, [Matthew 27:51] to show that there was an end of the Levitical liturgy. And so, about the beginning of the Reformation by Luther, a great solid stone fell down upon a brass image of Peter in Rome, that had those words fairly embossed upon it, Tu es Petrus, &c., You are Peter &c., and so shattered it to pieces, that nothing was left legible, but only those words, Aedificabo Ecclesiam meam, I will build my Church. This might be a foretoken of Rome’s ruin: which God hath already begun, and will surely perfect.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-13.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He gave a sign the same day, i. e. he then wrought a miracle, to assure them of the truth of his prophecy.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-13.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

3.He gave a sign — He wrought a miracle as the evidence of his Divine authority — the credentials of his being Jehovah’s ambassador. “Without this sign, the prophecy of an event that did not take place for three hundred and fifty years would have wanted authority with those who knew not the utterer.” — Kitto.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-13.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 13:3. He gave a sign the same day — That is, he then wrought a miracle to assure them of the truth of his prophecy. Saying, this is the sign, &c. — A proof that I speak from God, and not from myself. The altar shall be rent, &c. — This could not be effected but by the power of God, who hereby demonstrated that he had sent this prophet to speak these words which were presently fulfilled.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-13.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Sign. This would take place immediately, to convince the king that what he had said would be accomplished. So Moses and Achaz were treated, Exodus iii. 2, 12., and Isaias vii. 14, 16. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-13.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

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

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-13.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
Exodus 4:3-5,8,9; 7:10; Deuteronomy 13:1-3; 1 Samuel 2:34; 2 Kings 20:8; Isaiah 7:11-14; Isaiah 38:6-8,22; Jeremiah 44:29; Matthew 12:38-40; John 2:18; 1 Corinthians 1:22
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 13:2 - General1 Kings 13:5 - GeneralIsaiah 37:30 - this shall;  Isaiah 44:26 - confirmeth;  John 6:30 - What

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 13:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-13.html.