One day, Jeroboam was standing at the altar in Bethel, ready to make an offering. Suddenly one of God’s prophets arrived from Judah and shouted: The Lord sent me with a message about this altar. A child named Josiah will be born into David’s family. He will sacrifice on this altar the priests who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on it.
1 Jeroboam is reprehended of the Prophet. 4 His hand drieth up. 13 The Prophet is seduced, 24 and is killed of a lion. 33 The obstinacy of Jeroboam. And behold, there came a man of God out of Judah (by the commandment of the Lord) unto Bethel, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to offer incense.
And then this happened: Just as Jeroboam was at the Altar, about to make an offering, a holy man came from Judah by God’s command and preached (these were God’s orders) to the Altar: “Altar, Altar! God’s message! ‘A son will be born into David’s family named Josiah. The priests from the shrines who are making offerings on you, he will sacrifice—on you! Human bones burned on you!’” At the same time he announced a sign: “This is the proof God gives—the Altar will split into pieces and the holy offerings spill into the dirt.”
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