Bible: 1 Samuel 4:1-18
4:1 Samuel revealed the word of the
The Ark of the Covenant is Lost to the Philistines
Then the Israelites went out to fight the Philistines. 2 They camped at Ebenezer, 3 and the Philistines camped at Aphek. 4:2 The Philistines arranged their forces to fight 4 Israel. As the battle spread out, 5 Israel was defeated by 6 the Philistines, who 7 killed about four thousand men in the battle line in the field.
4:3 When the army 8 came back to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why did the
4:4 So the army 11 sent to Shiloh, and they took from there the ark of the covenant of the
4:6 When the Philistines heard the sound of the shout, they said, “What is this loud shout in the camp of the Hebrews?” Then they realized that the ark of the
4:10 So the Philistines fought. Israel was defeated; they all ran home. 15 The slaughter was very great; thirty thousand foot soldiers fell in battle. 4:11 The ark of God was taken, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, were killed.
4:12 On that day 16 a Benjaminite ran from the battle lines and came to Shiloh. His clothes were torn and dirt was on his head. 4:13 When he arrived in Shiloh, Eli was sitting in his chair watching by the side of 17 the road, for he was very worried 18 about the ark of God. As the man entered the city to give his report, 19 the whole city cried out.
4:14 When Eli heard the outcry, 20 he said, “What is this commotion?” 21 The man quickly came and told Eli. 4:15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes looked straight ahead; 22 he was unable to see.
4:16 The man said to Eli, “I am the one who came from the battle lines! Just today I fled from the battle lines!” Eli 23 asked, “How did things go, my son?” 4:17 The messenger replied, “Israel has fled from 24 the Philistines! The army has suffered a great defeat! Your two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead! The ark of God has been captured!”