King James Version

1 Kings 13

1And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

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.

And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.

11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

17 For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

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

20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back:

21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,

22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.

24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.

27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.

28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.

29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.

30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!

31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:

32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

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Første Kongebog 13

Guds profet fra Juda

1Herren havde imidlertid sendt en profet fra Juda til Betel, og mens Jeroboam stod og var klar til at tænde ilden til røgelsesofferet, råbte denne profet: „Du alter! Hør, hvad Herren siger: En dreng skal fødes i Davids slægt og få navnet Josias. Han vil komme her og ofre de afgudspræster, som tænder offerild på dig. Da skal der brændes menneskeknogler på dig. Og som tegn på, at mit budskab er fra Herren, vil alteret om lidt revne, så asken vælter ud på jorden.”

Da kong Jeroboam hørte, hvad profeten råbte imod det nye alter i Betel, pegede han på ham og råbte til vagterne: „Grib ham!” Men øjeblikkelig stivnede hans arm, så han ikke kunne trække den til sig igen, og samtidig revnede alteret, så asken spredtes på jorden—nøjagtig som profeten havde sagt.

Forfærdet råbte kongen til profeten: „Gå i forbøn for mig og bed Herren, din Gud, om at gøre min arm normal igen!” Så bad profeten til Herren, og kongens arm blev normal igen. Derpå sagde kongen:

„Tag med mig hjem for at få noget at spise. Jeg vil også give dig en gave.”

Men profeten svarede: „Om du så gav mig det halve kongerige, ville jeg ikke tage imod det! Og jeg vil hverken spise eller drikke noget på dette sted. Herren har sagt, at jeg hverken må tage imod noget at spise eller drikke og heller ikke rejse tilbage ad den vej, jeg kom.” 10 Derefter gik profeten bort ad en anden vej.

11 Nu boede der imidlertid en gammel profet i Betel, og hans sønner havde overværet det hele. De skyndte sig hjem og fortalte deres far, hvad profeten fra Juda havde sagt og gjort.

12 „Hvilken vej gik han?” spurgte den gamle profet. Så fortalte de ham det.

13 „Skynd jer!” sagde han. „Se at få sadlet mit æsel!” Og da de havde sadlet æslet, 14 red han efter profeten. Han indhentede ham ved et egetræ, hvor han sad og hvilede sig.

„Er du profeten fra Juda?” spurgte den gamle mand.

„Ja, det er jeg,” svarede han.

15 „Tag med mig hjem og få noget at spise!”

16-17 „Nej,” svarede han, „det kan jeg ikke, for jeg må hverken spise eller drikke, så længe jeg er her. Herren har udtrykkeligt advaret mig imod det, og han befalede mig også at rejse en anden vej hjem, end den jeg kom ad.”

18 Men den gamle mand insisterede: „Jeg er selv profet, og en engel kom til mig og sagde, at jeg skulle tage dig med hjem og give dig noget at spise og drikke.” Men det var løgn alt sammen.

19 Så gik profeten fra Juda med den gamle mand hjem, og han spiste og drak.

20 Men pludselig, mens de sad og spiste ved bordet, kom Herrens ord til den gamle profet, 21-22 og han råbte til profeten fra Juda: „Herren siger, at fordi du var ulydig og stik imod hans klare befaling lod dig overtale til at spise og drikke her, skal du dø, og dit lig vil ikke blive lagt i dit familiegravsted.”

23 Efter måltidet sadlede den gamle mand sit æsel og lod profeten ride af sted på det. 24 Men han var ikke nået ret langt, før en løve sprang op, rev ham af æslet og bed ham ihjel. Derefter blev både løven og æslet stående og kiggede på ham. 25 Nogle forbipasserende så liget ligge ved vejen, mens løven bare stod og kiggede på det. Da de nåede ind til Betel, hvor den gamle mand boede, fortalte de om den mystiske hændelse.

26 Da den gamle profet hørte om det, udbrød han: „Jamen, det må være den profet, som var ulydig imod Herrens befaling. Det er en straf fra Herren, at han blev revet ihjel af en løve.” 27 Så tilføjede han henvendt til sine sønner: „Gør et æsel klar!” Det gjorde de så, 28 hvorefter han red af sted.

Da han lidt senere fandt profetens lig på vejen, stod løven og æslet der stadig og kiggede. Løven havde hverken ædt ham eller angrebet æslet. 29 Da tog den gamle profet liget og lagde det på æslet, hvorefter han vendte tilbage til byen for at sørge over den døde og begrave ham. 30 „Åh, min stakkels ven!” sagde han og lagde den døde i sin egen grav.

31 Derefter sagde han til sine sønner: „Når jeg dør, skal I lægge mig ved siden af ham, 32 for han var en sand profet! Hans dom over afgudsdyrkelsen her i Betel og de andre altre rundt omkring i Samaria skal gå i opfyldelse.”

33 Men trods det, der var sket, opgav Jeroboam ikke sin ondskab—tværtimod, han udnævnte flere præster blandt den almindelige befolkning, så afgudsdyrkelsen omkring offerstederne blomstrede mere end nogen sinde. Enhver, som havde lyst, kunne blive præst. 34 På grund af denne store synd blev hele Jeroboams slægt senere udryddet fra jordens overflade.