Bible: 1 Samuel 2:27-36

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! 2:35 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 secure dynasty 21  and he will serve my chosen one for all time. 22  2:36 Everyone who remains in your house will come to bow before him for a little money 23  and for a scrap of bread. Each will say, ‘Assign me to a priestly task so I can eat a scrap of bread.’

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