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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 13:14

And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak ,.... To shelter him from the heat, and being faint, hungry, and thirsty; so the ancients of old made use of oaks for a covering, before houses were invented F5 Suidas in voce δενδρυαζειν . ; thus Abraham pitched his tent in the plain, or under the oak, of Mamre, Genesis 13:18 . and he said unto him, art thou the man of God that camest from Judah ? which he might guess at from his habit, and from the description... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 13:14

And went after the man of God - I can hardly think that this was with any evil design. His sons had given him such an account of the prediction, the power, and influence of this prophet, that he wished to have a particular acquaintance with him, in order that he might get farther information relative to the solemn import of the prophecy which he had denounced against the idolatry at Beth-el. This good man could not have been an object of the old prophet's malevolence. 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 13:14

And he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak [Heb. the oak; i.e; the well-known oak. Possibly there was but one, or one of great size, in the neighbourhood—such trees are comparatively rare in Palestine. Possibly also this tree became well known from these events. It is singular that in another place ( Genesis 35:8 ) we read of "the oak" ( אַלּוֹן ) of Bethel, whilst in 4:5 we read of the "palm tree" ( תֹּמֶר ) of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 13:14

Under an oak - literally, “under the oak,” or “the terebinth-tree.” There was a single well-known tree of the kind, standing by itself in the vicinity of Bethel, which the author supposed his readers to be acquainted with. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 13:14

1 Kings 13:14. And found him sitting under an oak Being faint and weary with his journey, and possibly with the heat also, (which made him choose to rest in this shady place,) and especially with hunger and thirst, 1 Kings 13:9. And the old prophet might easily guess that this was the prophet from Judah, by his age and carriage, and, it may be, by his prophetic mantle, and by the character which his sons had given of him. 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

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