27 A man of God came to Eli and said to him,(A) “This is what the Lord says: ‘Didn’t I reveal Myself to your ancestral house when it was in Egypt and belonged to Pharaoh’s palace?(B) 28 Out of all the tribes of Israel, I selected your house[a] to be priests, to offer sacrifices on My altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in My presence.(C) I also gave your house all the Israelite fire offerings. 29 Why, then, do all of you despise My sacrifices and offerings that I require at the place of worship?(D) You have honored your sons more than Me,(E) by making yourselves fat with the best part of all of the offerings of My people Israel.’

30 “Therefore, this is the declaration of the Lord, the God of Israel:

‘Although I said
your family and your ancestral house
would walk before Me forever,(F)
the Lord now says, “No longer!”
I will honor those who honor Me,(G)
but those who despise Me will be disgraced.(H)

31 “‘Look, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your ancestral family, so that none in your family will reach old age.(I) 32 You will see distress in the place of worship,(J) in spite of all that is good in Israel, and no one in your family will ever again reach old age.(K) 33 Any man from your family I do not cut off from My altar will bring grief[b] and sadness to you. All your descendants will die violently.[c][d] 34 This will be the sign that will come to you concerning your two sons Hophni and Phinehas:(L) both of them will die on the same day.(M)

35 “‘Then I will raise up a faithful priest(N) for Myself. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. I will establish a lasting dynasty for him,(O) and he will walk before My anointed one for all time.(P) 36 Anyone who is left in your family will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread. He will say: Please appoint me to some priestly office so I can have a piece of bread to eat.’”

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  1. 1 Samuel 2:28 Lit selected him
  2. 1 Samuel 2:33 Lit grief to your eyes
  3. 1 Samuel 2:33 DSS, LXX read die by the sword of men
  4. 1 Samuel 2:33 Lit die men

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