2Then Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.H2584H6419H559H3820H5970H3068H7161H7311H3068H6310H7337H341H8055H34442"There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.H6918H3068H1115H6697H4303"Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.H1696H7235H1364H1364H6277H3318H6310H3068H410H1844H5949H85054"The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.H7198H1368H2844H3782H247H24285Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.H7649H7936H3899H7457H2308H6135H3205H7651H7227H1121H5356"The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.H3068H4191H2421H3381H7585H59277The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.H3068H3423H6238H8213H637H73118He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; on them he has set the world.H6965H1800H6083H7311H34H830H3427H5081H5157H3678H3519H4690H776H3068H7896H83989He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;H8104H7272H2623H7563H1826H2822H3581H376H139610those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed."H7378H3068H2865H8064H7481H3068H1777H657H776H5414H5797H4428H7311H7161H489911Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.H511H3212H7414H1004H5288H1961H8334H3068H6440H5941H3548
Eli’s Wicked Sons
12Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD.H1121H5941H1121H1100H3045H306813Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiledH3548H4941H5971H376H2076H2077H3548H5288H935H1320H1310H4207H7969H8127H302714and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.H5221H3595H1731H7037H6517H4207H5927H3548H3947H6213H7887H3478H93515But even before the fat was burned, the priest's servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, "Give the priest some meat to roast; he won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw."H6999H2459H3548H5288H935H559H376H2076H5414H1320H6740H3548H3947H1310H1320H241616If the person said to him, "Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want," the servant would answer, "No, hand it over now; if you don't, I'll take it by force."H376H559H6999H6999H2459H3117H3947H5315H183H559H5414H3947H239417This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD's sight, for they were treating the LORD's offering with contempt.H2403H5288H3966H1419H6440H3068H582H5006H4503H306818But Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod.H8050H8334H6440H3068H5288H2296H906H64619Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.H517H6213H6996H4598H5927H3117H3117H5927H376H2076H3117H207720Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD." Then they would go home.H5941H1288H511H802H559H3068H7760H2233H802H7596H7592H3068H1980H472521And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.H3588H3068H6485H2584H2029H3205H7969H1121H8147H1323H5288H8050H1431H5973H306822Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.H5941H3966H2204H8085H1121H6213H3478H7901H802H6633H6607H168H415023So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.H559H6213H1697H8085H7451H1697H597124No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD's people is not good.H1121H2896H8052H8085H3068H5971H567425If anyone sins against another human being, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the LORD's will to put them to death.H376H2398H376H430H6419H376H2398H3068H6419H8085H6963H1H3068H2654H419126And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.H5288H8050H1432H1980H2896H3068H582
Prophecy Against the House of Eli
27Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "This is what the LORD says: 'Did I not clearly reveal myself to the family of your ancestor when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh?H935H376H430H5941H559H559H3068H1540H1540H1004H1H4714H6547H100428I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor's family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.H977H7626H3478H3548H5927H4196H6999H7004H5375H646H6440H5414H1004H1H801H1121H347829Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?'H1163H2077H4503H6680H4583H3513H1121H1254H7225H4503H3478H597130"Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that the members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.H3068H430H3478H5002H559H559H1004H1004H1H1980H6440H5704H5769H3068H5002H2486H3513H3513H959H704331The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of the members of your family, so that no one in it will reach old age,H3117H935H1438H2220H2220H1H1004H2205H100432and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.H5027H6862H4583H3190H3478H2205H1004H311733Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.H376H3772H4196H3615H5869H109H5315H4768H1004H4191H58234" 'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—they will both die on the same day.H226H935H8147H1121H2652H6372H259H3117H4191H814735I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his family line, and he will minister before my anointed one always.H6965H539H3548H6213H3824H5315H1129H539H1004H1980H6440H4899H311736Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat." ' "H3498H1004H935H7812H95H3701H3603H3899H559H5596H259H3550H398H6595H3899
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