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The Prophet Punished
BY JAMES NORTHCOTE, R. A., AN ENGLISH ARTIST OF
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
“And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase.”—I. Kings, 13, 28,
ING JEROBOAM entreated mercy, and his paralysis was removed. Then he begged the
prophet to come to his palace for a reward. But the prophet answered that he was forbidden by God to touch food or drink in this wicked land of Israel; he must go back at once to Judah. He set out; but another prophet, a friend of Jeroboam, lured the man of Judah back with false words, pretending that he also had a revelation from God, summoning the Judahite to eat and rest. So the prophet of Judah disobeyed God, and sat and feasted in Israel. Then he started home, riding comfortably upon an ass.
For his disobedience, “a lion met him by the way and slew him." The punishment was meant as a warning to all men, so the lion stood still beside the body, and the ass stood waiting there also, and the lying prophet who had betrayed the unfortunate Judahite to his doom, was moved by God to follow and seek his guest. He came upon
the lion and the ass waiting by the dead body. Thus all Israel learned what had passed; and the lying prophet and his sons buried the prophet of Judah, saying, “Alas, my brother.” Yet King Jeroboam “returned not from his evil way."
SECOND CHRONICLES XXXIII-AMON'S EVIL REIGN
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his
unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
žo | So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21 | Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
25 | But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.
1 Josiah's good reign. 3 He destroyeth idolatry. 8 He taketh order for the repair of the temple. 14 Hilkiah having found a book of the law, Josiah sendeth to Huldah to inquire of the Lord. 23 Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's time. 29 Josiah, causing it to be read in a solemn assembly, reneweth the covenant with God.
OSIAH was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand nor to the left.
3 | For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.