14 At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, 2 and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijahu the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people. 3 Take ten loaves of breadv with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.” 4 So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh.
Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age. 5 But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”
6 So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense?w I have been sent to you with bad news. 7 Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:x ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you rulery over my people Israel. 8 I torez the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was righta in my eyes. 9 You have done more evilb than all who lived before you.c You have made for yourself other gods, idolsd made of metal; you have arousede my anger and turned your back on me.f
10 “ ‘Because of this, I am going to bring disasterg on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.a h I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.i 11 Dogsj will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birdsk will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken!’
12 “As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die. 13 All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord, the God of Israel, has found anything good.l
14 “The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.b 15 And the Lord will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uprootm Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they arousedn the Lord’s anger by making Asheraho poles.c 16 And he will give Israel up because of the sinsp Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”
17 Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah.q As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died. 18 They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the Lord had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.
Or Israel—every ruler or leader
The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in 1 Kings