12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling,14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way.
22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[a]
2:22Hebrew Tent of Meeting. Some manuscripts lack this entire sentence.
27 One day a man of God came to Eli and gave him this message from the Lord: “I revealed myself[a] to your ancestors when they were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt.28 I chose your ancestor Aaron[b] from among all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifices on my altar, to burn incense, and to wear the priestly vest[c] as he served me. And I assigned the sacrificial offerings to you priests.29 So why do you scorn my sacrifices and offerings? Why do you give your sons more honor than you give me—for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people Israel!
2:27As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads Did I reveal myself.
11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel.12 I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end.13 I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God[a] and he hasn’t disciplined them.14 So I have vowed that the sins of Eli and his sons will never be forgiven by sacrifices or offerings.”
3:13As in Greek version; Hebrew reads his sons have made themselves contemptible.
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