1 Kings 14:1-20

Prophecy Against Jeroboam

1At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. 2And Jeroboam said to his wife, “Arise, and disguise yourself, that it not be known that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to a  Shiloh. Behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, b  who said of me that I should be king over this people. 3 c  Take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what shall happen to the child.”

4Jeroboam’s wife did so. She arose and went to d  Shiloh and came to the house of e  Ahijah. Now f  Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age. 5And the  Lord said to g  Ahijah, “Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, for he is sick. Thus and thus shall you say to her.”

When she came, she pretended to be another woman.
6But when h  Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another? For I am charged with unbearable news for you. 7Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel: i  Because I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over my people Israel 8and j  tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, and yet you have not been k  like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes, 9but you have done evil above all who were before you and have gone and l  made for yourself other gods and m  metal images, provoking me to anger, and n  have cast me behind your back, 10therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and o  will cut off from Jeroboam every male p  both bond and free in Israel, and q  will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone. 11 r  Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone who dies in the open country the birds of the heavens shall eat, for the  Lord has spoken it.”’ 12Arise therefore, go to your house. s  When your feet enter the city, the child shall die. 13And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him t  there is found something pleasing to the  Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. 14 u  Moreover, the  Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam today. And henceforth, 15the  Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and v  root up Israel out of w  this good land that he gave to their fathers and scatter them x  beyond the Euphrates,
Hebrew  the River
because they have made their z  Asherim, provoking the  Lord to anger.
16And he will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he sinned and made Israel to sin.”

17Then Jeroboam’s wife arose and departed and came to aa  Tirzah. And ab  as she came to the threshold of the house, the child died. 18And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, ac  according to the word of the  Lord, which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet.

The Death of Jeroboam

19Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam ad  how he warred and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. 20And the time that Jeroboam reigned was twenty-two years. And he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place.

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