The Lord Judges the House of Eli
2:27 A man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not plainly 1 reveal myself to your ancestor’s 2 house when they were in Egypt in the house of Pharaoh? 2:28 I chose your ancestor 3 from all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifice on my altar, to burn incense, and to bear the ephod before me. I gave to your ancestor’s house all the fire offerings made by the Israelites. 2:29 Why are you 4 scorning my sacrifice and my offering that I commanded for my dwelling place? 5 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.’
2:30 Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I really did say 6 that your house and your ancestor’s house would serve 7 me forever.’ But now the Lord says, ‘May it never be! 8 For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed! 2:31 In fact, days are coming when I will remove your strength 9 and the strength 10 of your father’s house. There will not be an old man in your house! 2:32 You will see trouble in my dwelling place! 11 Israel will experience blessings, 12 but there will not be an old man in your 13 house for all time. 14 2:33 Any one of you that I do not cut off from my altar, I will cause your 15 eyes to fail 16 and will cause you grief. 17 All of those born to your family 18 will die in the prime of life. 19 2:34 This will be a confirming sign for you that will be fulfilled through your two sons, 20 Hophni and Phinehas: in a single day they both will die!