1 Kings 13:9
New International Version
For I was commanded by the word of the LORD: 'You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.'"

New Living Translation
For the LORD gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”

English Standard Version
for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’”

Berean Study Bible
For this is what I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’ ”

King James Bible
For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

New King James Version
For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ ”

New American Standard Bible
For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water, nor return by the way that you came.’”

NASB 1995
"For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way which you came.'"

NASB 1977
“For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way which you came.’”

Amplified Bible
For I was commanded by the word of the LORD, ‘You shall not eat bread or drink water, nor shall you return by the way you came.’”

Christian Standard Bible
for this is what I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat food or drink water or go back the way you came.’ ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for this is what I was commanded by the word of the LORD: 'You must not eat bread or drink water or go back the way you came.'"

American Standard Version
for so was it charged me by the word of Jehovah, saying, Thou shalt eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that thou camest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because thus LORD JEHOVAH commanded me in the word, and he said to me: ‘You shall not eat bread and you shall not drink water, and you shall not return on the road by which you came.’”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Eat no bread, and drink no water, and return not by the way by which thou camest.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD said I can't eat or drink anything and that I can't go home the same way I came."

Douay-Rheims Bible
For so it was enjoined me by the word of the Lord commanding me: Thou shalt not eat bread nor drink water, nor return by the same way that thou camest.

English Revised Version
for so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Thou shalt eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that thou camest.

Good News Translation
The LORD has commanded me not to eat or drink a thing, and not to return home the same way I came."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the LORD spoke to me, he commanded me not to eat or drink or go back on the same road I took."

International Standard Version
because the LORD commanded me specifically, 'You are not to eat bread, drink water, or return by the way that you came to arrive here!'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it so was charged me by the word of the LORD, saying: Thou shalt eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that thou camest.'

Literal Standard Version
for so He commanded me by the word of YHWH, saying, You do not eat bread nor drink water, nor return in the way that you have come.”

NET Bible
For the LORD gave me strict orders, 'Do not eat or drink there and do not go home the way you came.'"

New Heart English Bible
for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that you came.'"

World English Bible
for so was it commanded me by the word of Yahweh, saying, 'You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that you came.'"

Young's Literal Translation
for so He commanded me by the word of Jehovah, saying, Thou dost not eat bread nor drink water, nor turn back in the way that thou hast come.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jeroboam's Hand Withers
8But the man of God replied, “If you were to give me half your possessions, I still would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place. 9For this is what I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’” 10So the man of God went another way and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.…

Cross References
1 Kings 13:8
But the man of God replied, "If you were to give me half your possessions, I still would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place.

1 Kings 13:10
So the man of God went another way and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.

1 Kings 13:16
But the man replied, "I cannot return with you or eat bread or drink water with you in this place.


Treasury of Scripture

For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that you came.

For

1 Kings 12:1,21,22
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king…

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Job 23:12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Eat no bread

Numbers 16:26
And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

Deuteronomy 13:13-18
Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; …

Psalm 141:4
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.









(9) Nor turn again . . .--The significance of this command is less obvious. It may have meant that he should not suffer the way of his return (which would clearly not be the obvious way) to be known, but should vanish swiftly, like the messenger of Elisha to Jehu (2Kings 9:3; 2Kings 9:10), when his work was done. If so, his neglect of the spirit of the command was the first step in the way of his destruction.

Verse 9. - For so was it charged [Heb. he, sc. the Lord, charged me] me by [Heb. in] the word of the Lord, saying, Fat no bread, nor drinkwater [Participation in food - the "eating salt" - is in the East a token of friendship and affinity; a sign of close communion and fellowship. The prophet's refusal to participate was consequently a practical and forcible disclaimer of all fellowship, a virtual excommunication, a public repudiation of the calf worshippers. Cf. 1 Corinthians 5:11, "With such an one, no, not to eat." As Corn. a Lapide," Ut ipso facto ostenderet, Bethelitas idololatras adeo esse detestabiles, et a Deo quasi excommunicates, ut nullum fidelium cum iis cibi vel potus communionem habere velit"], nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. [ the object of this command was not "simply to test the obedience of the prophet" (Rawlinson), nor yet that no one might "force him to a delay which was irreconcilable with his commission" (Keil), for that was practically executed, but to avoid as far as possible - what, indeed, happened in spite of these precautions - his being traced and followed. Because of this provision, the old prophet (ver. 10) was reduced to ask, "What way went he?" But the charge, we can hardly doubt,was also designed to serve another purpose, viz., to warn the prophet against doing what he did presently - against returning to Bethel. When he was followed, and when he was told of a revelation commanding his return, he should have remembered, among other things, that it had clearly been part of God's purpose, as evidenced by the explicit instructions given him, that he should not be followed. This alone should have led him to suspect this old prophet of deceit.]

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

this is what
כֵ֣ן ׀ (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

I was commanded
צִוָּ֣ה (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

by the word
בִּדְבַ֤ר (biḏ·ḇar)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of the LORD:
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH

‘You must not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

eat
תֹ֥אכַל (ṯō·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 398: To eat

bread
לֶ֖חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

or drink
תִשְׁתֶּה־ (ṯiš·teh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 8354: To imbibe

water
מָּ֑יִם (mā·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

or return
תָשׁ֔וּב (ṯā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

by the way
בַּדֶּ֖רֶךְ (bad·de·reḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

you came.’”
הָלָֽכְתָּ׃ (hā·lā·ḵə·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk


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