1 Samuel 2 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Hannah Exalts the Lord in Prayer
2 Hannah prayed,[a]
“My heart has rejoiced[b] in the Lord;
11 Then Elkanah went back home to Ramah.
Eli’s Sons Misuse Their Sacred Office
The boy[ae] Samuel[af] was serving the Lord with the favor of[ag] Eli the priest.[ah] 12 But the sons of Eli were wicked men.[ai] They did not acknowledge the Lord’s authority.[aj] 13 This was the priests’ routine with the people. Whenever anyone was making a sacrifice,[ak] the priest’s attendant would come with a three-pronged fork[al] in his hand, just as the meat was boiling. 14 He would jab it into the basin, kettle, cauldron, or pot. Everything that the fork would bring up the priest would take for himself. This is how they used to treat all the Israelites[am] who came there[an] to Shiloh.
15 Also, before they burned the fat the priest’s attendant would come and say to the person who was making the sacrifice, “Give some meat for the priest to roast! He[ao] won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”[ap] 16 If[aq] the individual said to him, “They should certainly burn[ar] the fat away first, then take for yourself[as] whatever you wish,”[at] then he would say, “No![au] Give it now! If not, I’ll take it by force!”[av] 17 The sin of these young men[aw] was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they[ax] treated the Lord’s offering with contempt.
18 Now[ay] Samuel was ministering with the favor of the Lord.[az] The boy[ba] was dressed in a linen ephod. 19 His mother used to make him a small robe and bring it to him from time to time when she would go up with her husband to make the annual sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife saying, “May the Lord establish[bb] descendants[bc] for you from this woman in place of the one that she dedicated[bd] to the Lord.” Then they[be] would go to their[bf] home. 21 And indeed the Lord attended to[bg] Hannah. She got pregnant and gave birth to[bh] three sons and two daughters. But the boy[bi] Samuel grew up before the Lord.[bj]
22 Eli was very old. And he would hear about everything that his sons used to do to all the people of Israel[bk] and[bl] how they used to go to bed with[bm] the women who were stationed at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23 So he said to them, “Why do you do these things, these evil things that I hear about from all these people?[bn] 24 No, my sons! For the report that I hear circulating[bo] among the Lord’s people is not good. 25 If a man sins against a man, one may appeal to God on his behalf.[bp] But if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But Eli’s sons[bq] would not listen to their father.[br] Indeed[bs] the Lord had decided[bt] to kill them. 26 However, the boy[bu] Samuel was growing up and finding favor both with the Lord and with people.[bv]
The Lord Judges the House of Eli
27 Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘I plainly[bw] revealed[bx] myself to your ancestor’s house when they were slaves to the house of Pharaoh in Egypt.[by] 28 I chose[bz] your ancestor[ca] from all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifice on my altar, to burn incense, and to bear[cb] the ephod before me. I gave to your ancestor’s house all the fire offerings made by the Israelites. 29 Why are you[cc] scorning my sacrifice and my offering that I commanded for my dwelling place?[cd] You have honored your sons more than you have me by having made yourselves fat from the best parts of all the offerings of my people Israel.’
30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I really did say[ce] that your house and your ancestor’s house would serve[cf] me forever.’ But now the Lord says, ‘May it never be![cg] For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed! 31 In fact, days are coming when I will remove your strength[ch] and the strength[ci] of your father’s house. There will not be an old man in your house! 32 You will see trouble in my dwelling place![cj] Israel will experience blessings,[ck] but there will not be an old man in your[cl] house for all time.[cm] 33 Any man of yours that I do not cut off from my altar, I will cause his[cn] eyes to fail[co] and will cause him grief.[cp] All those born to your family[cq] will die by the sword of man.[cr] 34 This will be a confirming sign for you that will be fulfilled through your two sons,[cs] Hophni and Phinehas: in a single day they both will die! 35 Then I will raise up for myself a faithful priest. He will do what is in my heart and soul. I will build for him a lasting dynasty,[ct] and he will serve my chosen one for all time.[cu] 36 Everyone who remains in your house will come to bow before him for a little money[cv] and for a scrap of bread. Each will say, “Assign me to a priestly task so I can eat a scrap of bread.”’”