7 And the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”8 And the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place,9 for so was it commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’”10 So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel.
The Prophet's Disobedience
11 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel. And his sons[a] came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told to their father the words that he had spoken to the king.12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him the way that the man of God who came from Judah had gone.13 And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him and he mounted it.14 And he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak. And he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.”15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”16 And he said, “I may not return with you, or go in with you, neither will I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place,17 for it was said to me by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by the way that you came.’”18 And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him.
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