2:29 honor. Though the offenses of his sons are more blatant, Eli himself does not escape blame. As father and high priest, he should have confronted his sons with more than words (vv. 23–25). His failure to take action amounts to honoring his sons above the Lord (v. 30). The Hebrew word for “honor” is a key word in the subsequent accounts of the fall of the family of Eli and the capture and return of the ark (chs. 4–7); see the notes on 4:21; 6:5, 6.