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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 13:21

And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah ,.... His mind being greatly affected with the word brought to him, partly on his own account, who, by a lie his conscience must accuse him of, had been the means of seducing the man of God, and partly on his account, who was threatened with death for complying with him: saying, thus saith the Lord ; being obliged to deliver, in the name of the Lord, what was said unto him: forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord ;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 13:21

And he - That is, according to the above interpretation, the voice of God from heaven addressing the man of God, the old prophet having nothing to do in this business. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:20-22

The Voice of Reproof. No man of God will deliberately sin against God ( John 8:44 ; 1 John 3:9 ; 1 John 5:18 ). But the good are liable to be surprised or deceived into transgression ( James 1:13-15 ; 1 John 2:1 , 1 John 2:2 ). We must be ever on our guard against the "wiles" and "depths" of Satan. For lack of vigilance this man of God fell into the snare, and we see here how he was reproved. I. HE SINNED AGAINST THE WORD OF JEHOVAH . 1 . This is evident... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:20-22

The Disobedient Prophet. The "old prophet," though here employed as the medium of a Divine message, had acted falsely towards his "brother" ("he lied unto him," 1 Kings 13:18 ). The fact that he was content to remain in the land under the rule of Jeroboam was against him. As the Levites had been supplanted by a base priesthood, so the prophets in Israel would seem to be a degenerate race. It must have aggravated the bitterness of the remorse the "man of God" felt, that the prophet who... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 13:21

And he cried [same word as in 1 Kings 13:2 . He who denounced the "sin of Jeroboam" is now denounced in turn] unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 13:21

Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord - It was his duty not to have suffered himself to be persuaded. He should have felt that his obedience was being tried, and should have required, ere he considered himself released, “the same, or as strong, evidence,” as that on which he had received the obligation. Disobedience to certain positive commands of God, was one which it was at this time very important to punish signally, since it was exactly the sin of Jeroboam and his adherents. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 13:20-22

1 Kings 13:20-22. The word of the Lord came, &c. God obliged the prophet, who had caused him to sin, to denounce a punishment against him for it, that it might the more affect him; nothing being more piercing than to be reflected on by those who have caused us to err. And he cried unto the man of God With a loud voice, the effect of his passion, both for his own guilt and shame, and for the prophet’s approaching misery. Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord That is,... 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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Kings 13:21

disobeyed = rebelled against. The same expression used of Moses and Aaron at Meribah (Numbers 20:24 ; Numbers 27:14 ). Safety found only in the path of obedience. Compare 1 Kings 13:26 . read more

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