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Ichabod [Ĭ'chabŏd]—the glory is not, where is the glory or inglorious. The posthumous son of Phinehas and grandson of Eli. His name commemorated a tragic crisis in Israel’s history, namely, the great slaughter of the people, including Hophni and Phinehas, and the capture of the Ark by the Philistines. Such terrible calamity resulted in Eli’s death at ninety-eight. The wife of Phinehas was so shocked over the dread news that when her child was born she called him Ichabod saying, “The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken” (1 Sam. 4:21, 22).

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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