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Passage Lookup: 1 Kings 12:32-13:34


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1 Kings 12:32
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He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.
1 Kings 12:33
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On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.
1 Kings 13:1
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By the word of the Lord a man of God came from Judah to Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering.
1 Kings 13:2
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By the word of the Lord he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’ ”
1 Kings 13:3
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That same day the man of God gave a sign: “This is the sign the Lord has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”
1 Kings 13:4
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When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Seize him!” But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back.
1 Kings 13:5
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Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the Lord.
1 Kings 13:6
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Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.
1 Kings 13:7
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The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.”
1 Kings 13:8
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But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here.
1 Kings 13:9
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For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’ ”
1 Kings 13:10
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So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.
1 Kings 13:11
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Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king.
1 Kings 13:12
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Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken.
1 Kings 13:13
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So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it
1 Kings 13:14
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and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “I am,” he replied.
1 Kings 13:15
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So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”
1 Kings 13:16
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The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.
1 Kings 13:17
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I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’ ”
1 Kings 13:18
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The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (But he was lying to him.)
1 Kings 13:19
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So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.
1 Kings 13:20
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While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back.
1 Kings 13:21
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He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.
1 Kings 13:22
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You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’ ”
1 Kings 13:23
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When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him.
1 Kings 13:24
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As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.
1 Kings 13:25
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Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.
1 Kings 13:26
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When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.”
1 Kings 13:27
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The prophet said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me,” and they did so.
1 Kings 13:28
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Then he went out and found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey.
1 Kings 13:29
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So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him.
1 Kings 13:30
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Then he laid the body in his own tomb, and they mourned over him and said, “Alas, my brother!”
1 Kings 13:31
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After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.
1 Kings 13:32
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For the message he declared by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.”
1 Kings 13:33
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Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places.
1 Kings 13:34
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This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.
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