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Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial ; they regarded 12 not Jehovah. And the priests' custom with the people was, 13 that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was boiling, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his hand ; and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, 14 or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. Also before they burnt the fat, 15 the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, “ Give flesh to roast for the priest ; for he will not have boiled flesh of thee, but raw." And if the man said unto 16 him, “They will burn the fat presently, then take as thy soul desireth ;" then he would answer him, “ Nay; but thou shalt give it now; and if not, I will take it by force.” Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before 17 Jehovah; for men abhorred the offering of Jehovah.

But Samuel ministered before Jehovah, being a child, 18 girded with a linen ephod. Moreover his mother made him 19 a little robe, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, “ Jehovah 20 give thee offspring of this woman instead of that which she asked for, which is given up to Jehovah.” And they went unto their own home. And Jehovah visited Hannah, so 21 that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before Jehovah.

Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto 22 all Israel; and how they lay with the women that served at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he 23 said unto them, “Why do ye such deeds ? for I hear of your evil deeds from all this people. Nay, my sons; for it 24 is no good report that I hear; ye make Jehovah's people to transgress. If one man sin against another, God shall 25 judge him; and if a man sin against Jehovah, who shall entreat for him ?” But they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because it pleased Jehovah to slay them..

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both 26 with Jehovah, and also with men.

And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto 27 him, “Thus saith Jehovah, “Did I not plainly reveal myself unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's bouse ? And did I not choose him out of all the 26 tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to

burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I not

give unto the house of thy father all the offerings by fire of 29 the children of Israel ? wherefore trample ye on my sacrifice

and on mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make your

selves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel my 30 people? Wherefore Jehovah God of Israel saith, “I said

indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever :' but now Jehovah saith, ‘Be it far

from me: for them that honour me I will honour, and they 31 that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days

come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy

father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thy 32 house. And thou shalt see adversity in thy habitation, in all · wherein Israel shall be prospered; and there shall not be an 33 old man in thy house for ever. And the man of thine, whom

I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine

eyes, and to grieve thy soul: and all the increase of thy 34 house shall die when they are men. And that which shall

come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas, shall be

the sign unto thee; in one day they shall die both of them. 35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, who shall do accord

ing to what is in my heart and in my soul; and I will build

him a durable house; and he shall walk before mine anointed 36 for ever. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is

left in thy house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a cake of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priest's offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread.'»

i CHAP. III.—And the child Samuel ministered unto Je.

hovah before Eli. And the word of Jehovah was rare in 2 those days; vision was not frequent. And it came to pass

at that time, that Eli was lying down in his place; and his 3 eyes began to grow dim, that he could not see; and before

the lamp of God went out, when Samuel was lying down, in 4 the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God was, then Je

hovah called unto Samuel : and he answered, “Here am I.” 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, “Here am I; for thou calledst

me.” And he said, “I called not; lie down again.” And 6 he went and lay down. And Jehovah called yet again,

“ Samuel.” And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here am I; for thou didst call me.” And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did 7 not yet know Jehovah, neither was the word of Jehovah yet revealed unto him. And Jehovah called Samuel again 8 the third time. And he arose, and went to Eli, and said, “ Here am I; for thou didst call me." And Eli perceived that Jehovah had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto 9 Samuel, “Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call unto thee, that thou shalt say, 'Speak, Jehovah; for thy servant heareth."" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And Jehovah came, and stood, and called as before, 10 “ Samuel, Samuel.” Then Samuel said, “Speak; for thy servant heareth.”

And Jehovah said to Samuel, “ Behold, I will do a thing 11 in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that 12 I have spoken against his house, from the beginning to the end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for 13 ever for the iniquity which he knoweth ; because his sons made themselves accursed and he restrained them not. And 14 therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated with sacrifice nor meal-offering for ever.”

And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors 15 of the house of Jehovah And Samuel feared to tell the vision unto Eli. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, “Samuel, 16 my son." And he said, “Here am I.” And he said, 17 “What is the thing that hath been spoken unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me; God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide a word from me of every thing that he hath spoken unto thee.” And Samuel told him every word, and 18 hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is Jehovah: let him do what seemeth to him good.”

And Samuel grew, and Jehovah was with him, and did let 19 none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from 20 Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of Jehovah. And Jehovah appeared again 21 in Shiloh; for Jehovah revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of Jehovah. CHAP. IV.–And the word of 1 Samuel came to all Israel.

Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and encamped beside Eben-ezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. And the Philistines put themselves in array 2 against Israel; and they joined battle, and Israel was smitten

before the Philistines; and they slew of the army in the

field about four thousand men. 3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Wherefore hath Jehovah smitten us to-day before the Philistines ? Let us take unto us the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of Shiloh, that it may come into

the midst of us and save us out of the hand of our enemies." 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and brought from thence the

ark of the covenant of Jehovah who dwelleth between the

cherubim : and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, 5 were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of Jehovah came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang. 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout,

they said, “What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews ?And they understood that 7 the ark of Jehovah was come into the camp. And the

Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God is come into the

camp.” And they said, “Woe unto us! for there hath 8 not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! who shall

deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods ? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with every plague in 9 the wilderness. Take courage, and be men, Oye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been

to you; yea, be men, and fight." 20 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and

they fled every man into his tent; and there was a very

great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand 11 footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons

of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. 12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and

came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with 13 earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon

a seat by the wayside watching; for his heart trembled

for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, 14 and told it, all the city cried out. And when Eli heard the

noise of the crying, he said, “What meaneth the noise of

this tumult?” And the man came in hastily and told Eli. 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were 16 dim, that he could not see. And the man said unto Eli,

“I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to-day out of the army.” And he said, “What are the tidings, my

ughter; for into his and Israe

son ?” And the inessenger answered and said, “Israel hath 17 fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken." And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of 18 God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken, and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child 19 near to be delivered ; and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death 20 the women that stood by her said unto her, “Fear not; for thou hast borne a son." But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child I-chabod, no GLORY] 21 saying, “ The glory is departed from Israel ;” because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, “ The glory is departed from Israel ; 22 for the ark of God is taken.”

were dead, en, and that he heard the t;

CHAP. V. And the Philistines took the ark of God, 1 and brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod. And the 2 Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and placed it by Dagon. And when they 3 of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, bebold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of Jehovah. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And 4 when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of Jehovah; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold ; only the fishshaped part was left to him. Therefore neither the priests 5 of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.

And the hand of Jehovah was heavy upon them of 6 Ashdod, and he wasted them, and smote them with boils, even Ashdod and the territories thereof. And when the men 7 of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “ The ark of the God of Israel shall not remain with us; for his hand is severe upon us, and upon Dagon our god." They sent therefore and 8 gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said,

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