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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 13:19

So he went back with him ,.... In which he sinned; for as he had most certainly the command of God not to eat and drink in that place, he ought to have had the countermand from the Lord, and not trusted to another person. There are some things indeed which may be said in his favour, and be an apology for him, as that this man was an ancient prophet of the Lord, as he appeared to him; and that though he was forbid to eat and drink with idolaters, yet he thought he might with a prophet of the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 13:19

So he went back with him - He permitted himself to be imposed on; he might have thought, as he had accomplished every purpose for which God sent him, and had actually begun to return by another way, God, who had given him the charge, had authority to say, "As thy purpose was to obey every injunction, even to the letter, I now permit thee to go with this old prophet, and take some refreshment." Now God might as well have dispensed with this part of the injunction, as he did in the... 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 13:18-19

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. The miraculous element in this chapter is, with many, a reason for its rejection. The same reason might lead us to reject the story of our Saviour's life, and deny the possibility of supernatural revelation. If miracles and signs ever occurred they would be likely to do so at the time described in this chapter. Idolatrous practices were being set up. Many who had been worshippers of Jehovah had been seduced. Worldly policy, social... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:19

So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water [cf. 1 Kings 13:10 ]. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 13:19

1 Kings 13:19. So he went back with him Too readily hearkening to his words, and not considering that what God himself had expressly commanded, nothing but the express command of the same God could set aside: otherwise the commands of God might be made of none effect by any one who should feign to have a divine commission. 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

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