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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 13:11-22

The man of God had honestly and resolutely refused the king's invitation, though he promised him a reward; yet he was over-persuaded by an old prophet to come back with him, and dine in Beth-el, contrary to the command given him. Here we find how dearly his dinner cost him. Observe with wonder, I. The old prophet's wickedness. I cannot but call him a false prophet and a bad man, it being much easier to believe that from one of such a bad character should be extorted a confirmation of what the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 13:12

And their father said unto them, what way went he ?.... Having a strong inclination to see him, and converse with him: for his sons had seen what way the man of God went which came from Judah ; they took notice of it; and, as the Targum, they showed it to their father. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:11-12

The Tempter. I. THE PROPHET 'S SIN AND DOOM . Evil is never wanting in emissaries. It finds them among the so-called followers of God as well as in the world. This was — 1 . a prophet . The possession of privileges does not ensure salvation. Balaam took the wages of unrighteousness. "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?" etc. Is our own life on a level with the place God has given us? If not, we may be among those whose... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:11-19

The Old Serpent again. As the ways of the serpent are tortuous so are those of Satan. If he cannot effect his purposes by moving in one direction he will move in another, and thus by crooked ways he advances ( Isaiah 27:1 ; Psalms 125:5 ). He had already tempted the man of God by means of the schismatic king, and failed; his next work is to see what influence an old prophet may have upon him. So versatile are his devices that it is our wisdom to be ever on the alert. Observe the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:12

And their father said unto them, What way went he? [The question shows that the old prophet throughly understood the import of those "words," and that his first thought was that the interdict must be removed at any cost.] For his sons had seen [Heb. and his sons saw, or showed . LXX . δεικνύουσιν . Similarly most of the versions. A very slight change in the vowel points ויּרַאְוּ for ויּרִאוַּ would give this sense] what way the man of God went which came from Judah. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 13:1-34

Jeroboam’s punishment (13:1-14:20)God soon showed that this new form of religion was totally unacceptable to him. A prophet from Judah came to Bethel and, by bold words and dramatic actions, condemned both the people and the king (13:1-10).However, there was another prophet, a much older man, who lived in Bethel and had apparently not spoken out against Jeroboam’s wrongdoing. The old prophet seems to have been jealous of the prophet from Judah, and decided to tempt him to disobey God’s command.... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 13:1-32

The prophecy of judgment on Jeroboam’s religious system 13:1-32God sent a young Judahite prophet to Bethel to announce a prophecy that God would judge Jeroboam for his apostasy. When he arrived, the king was exercising his priestly function at the Bethel altar (1 Kings 13:1)."Though kings could function as priests in certain circumstances (2 Samuel 6:12-15), it was strictly forbidden for them to offer incense for this was limited to the Aaronic priests alone (Numbers 16:39-40; 2 Chronicles... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 13:1-34

The Disobedient Prophet2. Josiah] for the fulfilment see 2 Kings 23:15-20. Some 300 years separated the prediction from the event, and the mention by name of the king destined to accomplish it is unlike the methods of Hebrew prophecy in general. It is possible that the records upon which the present account is based were less precise, and that Josiah’s name was introduced by the compiler of the book of Kings, who lived after Josiah’s time and was familiar with what he had done. Offer] better,... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Kings 13:1-34

The Disobedient Prophet 1 Kings 13:26 I. Jeroboam had just successfully completed his idolatrous stroke of policy. He had set up a form of religion which, however much it might offend against God's truth, had at least this merit in his eyes, that it would strike a great blow against the established Church at Jerusalem, and be a serious injury to the State religion whose influence he abhorred and whose prestige more than anything else he dreaded as a dangerous political menace to his separatist... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 13:1-34

JEROBOAM AND THE MAN OF GOD1 Kings 13:1-34 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God."- 1 John 4:1WE are told that Jeroboam, whose position probably made him restless and insecure, first built or fortified Shechem, and then went across the Jordan and established another palace and stronghold at Penuel. After this he shifted his residence once more to the beautiful town of Tirzah, where he built for himself the palace which Zimri afterwards burnt over his... read more

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