1 Kings 13:1
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By the word of the LORD a man of God came from Judah to Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering.

King James Bible
And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, there came a man of God from Judah, by the word of Jehovah, to Bethel; and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

World English Bible
Behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of Yahweh to Beth El: and Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense.

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, a man of God hath come from Judah, by the word of Jehovah, unto Beth-El, and Jeroboam is standing by the altar -- to make perfume;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There came a man of God - Who this was we know not. The Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic call him a prophet. The Vulgate and Septuagint follow the Hebrew, איש אלהים ish elohim means a Divine person, one wholly devoted to God's service. Some have thought it was Shemaiah, others Joel, and others Iddo. It could not have been the latter, for he wrote the acts of Jeroboam, 2 Chronicles 9:29, and the prophet was killed before he returned home; but conjecture is idle on such a subject.

Jeroboam stood by the altar - Like gods, like priest; he made himself high priest, and he took of the lowest of the people, and made them priests of the high places; they proved themselves to be fools by worshipping calves.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

there came

1 Kings 12:22 But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

2 Kings 23:17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulcher of the man of God...

2 Chronicles 9:29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet...

by the word

1 Kings 13:5,9,26,32 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar...

1 Kings 20:35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray you...

Jeremiah 25:3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even to this day, that is the three and twentieth year...

1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord...


1 Kings 12:32,33 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like to the feast that is in Judah...

2 Chronicles 26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said to him, It appertains not to you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD...

burn. or, offer

Numbers 16:40 To be a memorial to the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron...

Jeremiah 11:12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry to the gods to whom they offer incense...

Jeremiah 32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense...

Whether Christ Took Flesh of the Seed of David?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ did not take flesh of the seed of David. For Matthew, in tracing the genealogy of Christ, brings it down to Joseph. But Joseph was not Christ's father, as shown above ([4138]Q[28], A[1], ad 1,2). Therefore it seems that Christ was not descended from David. Objection 2: Further, Aaron was of the tribe of Levi, as related Ex. 6. Now Mary the Mother of Christ is called the cousin of Elizabeth, who was a daughter of Aaron, as is clear from Lk. 1:5,36. Therefore,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Placed on the throne by the ten tribes of Israel who had rebelled against the house of David, Jeroboam, the former servant of Solomon, was in a position to bring about wise reforms in both civil and religious affairs. Under the rulership of Solomon he had shown aptitude and sound judgment; and the knowledge he had gained during years of faithful service fitted him to rule with discretion. But Jeroboam failed to make God his trust. Jeroboam's greatest fear was that at some future time the hearts of
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
1 Samuel 9:6
But the servant replied, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take."

1 Kings 12:22
But this word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God:

1 Kings 12:33
On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.

2 Kings 23:15
Even the altar at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin--even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also.

2 Kings 23:17
The king asked, "What is that tombstone I see?" The people of the city said, "It marks the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and pronounced against the altar of Bethel the very things you have done to it."

2 Chronicles 26:16
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

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