Chapter 13: A Man of Yah or Prophet Delivers a Message from Yah to Yeroboam Condemning the Altar at Bethyl
1 And behold, a man of Yah from Yahudah to Bethyl by the word of Yah and Yeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 2 Then he cried out against the altar by the word of Yah and said, “O altar, altar”! Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, a child Yosiyah by name, shall be born to the house of David and on you shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you and men’s bones shall be burned on you”. 3 And he gave a sign the same day saying, “This is the sign which Yah has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart and the ashes on it shall be poured out”. 4 So it came to pass when King Yeroboam heard the saying of the man of Yah, who cried out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him”! Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. 5 The altar also was split apart and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of Yah had given by the word of Yah. 6 Then the king answered and said to the man of Yah, “Please entreat the favor of Yah your Almighty and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me”. So the man of Yah entreated Yah and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as before. 7 Then the king said to the man of Yah, “Come home with me and refresh yourself and I will give you a reward”. 8 But the man of Yah said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. 9 For so it was commanded me by the word of Yah saying, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water nor return by the same way you come’.” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethyl.
*This man of Yah interceded for Yeroboam, Yah heard his prayer and healed Yeroboam.
The Old Prophet from Bethyl: The Man of Yah Disobeys Yah
11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethyl and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of Yah had done that day in Bethyl. They also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go”? For his sons had seen (showed him) which way the man of Yah went who came from Yahudah. Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me”. So they saddled the donkey for him and he rode on it–14 And went after the man of Yah and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “Are you the man of Yah who came from Yahudah”? And he said, “I am”. 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread”. 16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you. Neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of Yah, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there nor return by going the way you came’.” 18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are and an angel spoke to me by the word of Yah saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water’. He was lying to him. 19 So he went back with him and ate bread in his house and drank water.
*The adversary was upon the old prophet because he lied saying “an angel said”. The man of Yah did not refuse like when Yeroboam asked him to stay and eat/drink. It was on his heart to do, Yah read his heart before he went on the mission.
Yah Speaks to the Man of Yah Through the Old Prophet
20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of Yah came to the prophet who had brought him back–21 And he cried out to the man of Yah who came from Yahudah saying, “Thus says Yah: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of Yah and have not kept the commandment which Yah your Father commanded you–22 But you came back, ate bread and drank water in the place of which Yah said to you, ‘Eat no bread and drink no water’ your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers’.”
Yah Sends a Lion to Kill the Man of Yah: The Lion Guards His Corpse and the Donkey Stands By Waiting on the Old Prophet
23 So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse. 25 And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 26 Now when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of Yah who was disobedient to the word of Yah. Therefore, Yah has delivered him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him according to the word of Yah which He spoke to him”. 27 And he spoke to his sons saying, “Saddle the donkey for me”. So they saddled it. 28 Then he went and found his corpse thrown on the road and the donkey and the lion standing by the corpse. The lion had not eaten the corpse nor torn the donkey. 29 And the prophet took up the corpse of the man of Yah, laid it on the donkey and brought it back. So the old prophet came to the city to mourn and to bury him. 30 Then he laid the corpse in his own tomb and they mourned over him saying, “Alas, my brother”! 31 So it was, after he had buried him that he spoke to his sons saying, “When I am dead, then bury me in the tomb where the man of Yah is buried. Lay my bones beside his bones. 32 For the saying which he cried out by the word of Yah against the altar in Bethyl and against all the shrines on the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, will surely come to pass”.
Yeroboam Does Not Repent and Continues to Rebel Against Yah
33 After this event Yeroboam did not turn from his evil way but again he made priests from every class of people for the high places. Whoever wished, he consecrated him and he became one of the priests of the high places. 34 And this thing was the sin of the house of Yeroboam, so as to exterminate and destroy it from the face of the earth.
Chapter 14: Judgment on the House of Yeroboam: Yeroboam’s Son Abiyah becomes Sick and is Sent with His Mother in Disguise to See the Prophet Ahiyah
1 At that time Abiyah the son of Yeroboam became sick. 2 And Yeroboam said to his wife, “Please arise and disguise yourself, that they may not recognize you as the wife of Yeroboam and go to Shiloh. Indeed, Ahiyah the prophet is there, who told me that I would be king over this people. 3 Also take with you ten loaves, some cakes and a jar of honey and go to him. He will tell you what will become of the child”. 4 And Yeroboam’s wife did so. She arose and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Ahiyah. But Ahiyah could not see, for his eyes were glazed by reason of his age.
Yah Tells Ahiyah that Yeroboam’s Wife is Coming Disguised to See Him with the Sick Child
5 Now Yah had said to Ahiyah, “Here is the wife of Yeroboam coming to ask you something about her son, for he is sick. Thus and thus, you shall say to her. For it will be, when she comes in, that she will pretend to be another woman”. 6 And so it was, when Ahiyah heard the sound of her footsteps as she came through the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Yeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another person? For I have been sent to you with bad news. 7 Go, tell Yeroboam, Thus says Yah Father of Ysrayl: ‘Because I exalted you from among the people and made you ruler over My people Ysrayl–8 And tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you and yet you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes. 9 But you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger and have cast Me behind your back–10 Therefore, behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Yeroboam and will cut off from Yeroboam every male in Ysrayl, bond and free. I will take away the remnant of the house of Yeroboam, as one takes away refuse (garbage) until it is all gone. 11 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Yeroboam and dies in the city and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field. For Yah has spoken’!” 12 “Arise, therefore, go to your own house. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die.
The Child of Yeroboam that is to Die is Found By Yah to Be the Only Good Child of Yeroboam: Yah Prophesies to Cut off the House of Yeroboam and to Scatter Ysrayl For Worshiping the Gods
13 And all Ysrayl shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Yeroboam who shall come to the grave because in him there is found something good toward Yah of Ysrayl in the house of Yeroboam. 14 Moreover, Yah will raise up for Himself a king over Ysrayl who shall cut off the house of Yeroboam. This is the day. What? Even now! 15 For Yah will strike Ysrayl, as a reed is shaken in the water. He will uproot Ysrayl from this good land which He gave to their fathers and will scatter them beyond the River (that is, the Euphrates) because they have made their wooden images (Hebrew Asherim, Canaanite deities) provoking Yah to anger. 16 And He will give Ysrayl up because of the sins of Yeroboam, who sinned and who made Ysrayl sin”.
The Child Dies as They Reach the City as Yah Told the Prophet Ahiyah
17 Then Yeroboam’s wife arose and departed and came to Tirzah. When she came to the threshold of the house, the child died. 18 And they buried him and all Ysrayl mourned for him according to the word of Yah which He spoke through his servant Ahiyah the prophet.
The Death of Yeroboam: Nadab Reigns as King of Ysrayl
19 Now the rest of the acts of Yeroboam, how he made war and how he reigned, indeed they are written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Ysrayl. 20 The period that Yeroboam reigned was twenty-two years. So he rested with his fathers. Then Nadab his son reigned in his place.
Rehoboam Reigns in Yahudah
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Yahudah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king. He reigned seventeen years in Yahrushalom, the city which Yah had chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess.
Yahudah Sins Against Yah Building High Places and Wood Images For the Gods and Under Every Green Tree: Yahudah and Benyamin Practice Temple Sex Like the Nations
22 Now Yahudah did evil in the sight of Yah and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done. 23 For they also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars and wooden images on every high hill and under every green tree. 24 And there were also perverted persons (Hebrew qadesh, that is, one practicing sodomy and/or temple prostitution in religious rituals to the fallen angels) in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl.
Shishak the King of Egypt Takes All the Treasures of the House of Yah and Also Rehoboam’s Treasures as Commanded by Yah
25 It happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Yahrushalom. 25 And he took away the treasures of the House of Yah and the treasures of the king’s house. He took away everything. He also took away all the gold shields which Solomon had made. 27 Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house. 28 And whenever the king entered the house of Yah, the guards carried them, then brought them back into the guardroom.
The Death of Rehoboam: Abiyah Reigns as King of Yahudah
29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Yeroboam all their days. 31 So Rehoboam rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess. Then Abiyah his son reigned in his place.
*Abiyah in Hebrew means Yah is my Father. Abi comes from the Hebrew word for father, Abba.