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1 Kings 11:30

11:30 tore it into twelve pieces. Ahijah performs a symbolic action, that is, he acts out a parable. Such colorful actions dramatize the reality of the spoken word and God’s intervention in history (cf. 22:11; Is. 20; Jer. 13:1–11). In this case, the torn pieces of Ahijah’s robe illustrate the impending division of the kingdom.