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priest; for he will not have sod 24 Nay, my sons; for it is no den flesh of thee, but raw. good report that I hear: ye

16 And if any man said unto make the Lord's people to transhim, Let them not fail to burn gress. the fat presently, and then take 25 If one man sin against anoas muchasthy soul desireth; then ther, the judge shall judge him: he would answer him, Nay; but but if a man sin against the thou shalt give it me now:and if Lorn, who shall intreat for him? not, I will take it by force. Notwithstanding they hearken

17 Wherefore the sin of the ed not unto the voice of their young men was very great be- father, because the LORD would fore the LORD: for men abhor- slay them. red the offering of the Lord. 26 And the child Samuel grew

18 But Samuel ministered be-on, and was in favour both with fore the LORD, being a child, the LORD, and also with men. girded with a linen ephod. 27 And there came a man of

19 Moreover, his mother made God unto Eli, and said unto him a little coat, and brought it him, Thus saith the LORD, to him from year to year, when Did I plainly appear unto the she came up with her husband house of thy father, when they to offer the yearly sacrifice. were in Egypt in Pharaoh's

20 And Eli blessed Elkanah || house? and his wife, and said, The 28 And did I choose him out Lord give thee seed of this wo of all the tribes of Israel to be man for the loan which is lent my priest, to offer upon mine to the LORD. And they went altar, to burn incense, to wear unto their own home.

an ephod before me? and did I 21 And the LORD visited give unto the house of thy faHannah, so that she conceived, ther all the offerings made by and bare three sons and two fire of the children of Israel? daughters. And the child Sa 29 Wherefore kick ye at my muel grew before the LORD. sacrifice and at mine offering,

22 Now Eli was very old, and which I have commanded in my heard all that his sons did unto habitation; and honourest thy all Israel; and how they lay with sons above me, to make yourthe women that assembled at selves fat with the chiefest of all the door of the tabernacle of the the offerings of Israel my peocongregation.

23 And he said unto them, 30 Wherefore the LORD God Why do ye such things; for 1 of Israel saith, I said indeed hear of your evil dealings by all that thy house, and the house this people.

of thy father, should walk be.

ple?

THE LORD CALLETH SAMUEL.

fore me for ever: but now the

CHAP. III. LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me, I will honour; and they that despise AND the child Samuel mi

me, shall be lightly esteemed. nistered unto the LORD bei 31 Behold, the days come, fore Eli. And the word of

that I will cut off thine arm, and the LORD'was precious in those the arm of thy father's house, days; there was no open vision. that there shall not be an old 2 And it came to pass at that man in thine house.

time, when Eli was laid down 32 And thou shalt see an ene- in his place, and his eyes began my in my habitation, in all the to wax dim, that he could not wealth which God shall give Is

see ; rael: and there shall not be an 3 And ere the lamp of God old man in thine house for ever. went out in the temple of the

33 And the man of thine, LORD, where the ark of God whom I shall not cut off from was, and Samuel was laid down mine altar, shall be to consume to sleep; thine eyes, and to grieve thine 4 That the LORD called Saheart: and all the increase of muel: and he answered, Here thine house shall die in the flower of their age.

5 And he ran unto Eli, and 34 And this shall be a sign said, Here am I; for thou callunto thee that shall come upon

And he said, I callthy two sons, on Hophni and ed not; lie down again. And Phinehas; in one day they shall | he went, and lay down. die both of them.

6 And the Lord called yet 35 And I will raise me up a | again, Samuel. And Samuel faithful priest, that shall do ac arose and went to Eli, and said, cording to that which is in mine Here am I; for thou didst call heart and in my mind: and I me. And he answered, I called will build him a sure house; not, my son; lie down again. and he shall walk before mine

7 Now Samuel did not yet Anointed for ever.

know the LORD, neither was the 36 And it shall come to pass, word of the Lord yet revealed ibat every one that is left in unto him. thine house shall come and 8 And the LORD called Sa. crouch to him for a piece of muel again the third time. And silver, and a morsel of bread, he arose and went to Eli, and and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, said, Here am I; for thou didst into one of the priest's offices, call me. And Eli perceived that that I may eat a piece of bread. ll the Lord had called the child.

am I.

edst me.

9 Therefore Eli said unto Sa- || thing that the LORD hath said muel, Go, lie down : and it unto thee? I pray thee hide it shall be, if he call thee, that not from me: God do so to thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; thee, and more also, if thou for thy servant heareth. So Sa- hide any thing from me of all muel went and lay down in his the things that he said unto thee. place.

18 And Samuel told him every 10 And the LORD came and whit, and hid nothing from stood, and called as at other him. And he said, It is the times, Samuel, Samuel. Then LORD: let him do what seemSamuel answered, Speak; for eth him good., thy servant heareth.

19 And Samuel grew, and the 11 And the LORD said to Sa- LORD was with him, and did muel, Behold, I will do a thing let none of his words fall to the in Israel, at which both the ears ground. of every one that heareth it, 20 And all Israel from Dan shall tingle.

even to Beer-sheba knew that 12 In that day I will perform Samuel was established to be a against Eli all things which i prophet of the Lord. have spoken concerning his

21 And the LORD appeared house: when I begin, I will also again in Shiloh: for the LORD make an end.

revealcd himself to Samuel in 13 For I have told him that I Shiloh by the word of the Lord. will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity which he know

CHAP. IV. eth: because his sons made

ELI'S DEATH. themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

AND the word of Samuel 14 And therefore I have sworn came to all Israel. Now Israel unto the house of Eli, that the went out against the Philistines iniquity of Eli's house shall not to battle, and pitched beside be purged with sacrifice nor Eben-ezer: and the Philistines offering for ever.

pitched in Aphek. 15 And Samuel lay until the 2 And the Philistines put morning, and opened the doors themselves in array against Isof the house of the Lord: and rael : and when they joined batSamuel feared to shew Eli the tle, Israel was smitten before vision.

the Philistines: and they slew 16 Then Eli called Samuel, of the army in the field above and said, Samuel, my son. And four thousand men. he answered, Here am I.

3 And when the people were 17 And he said, What is the come into the camp, the elders

of Israel said, Wherefore hath | tines, that ye be not servants the LORD smitten us to-day unto the Hebrews, as they have before the Philistines ? Let us been to you: quit yourselves fetch the ark of the covenant like men, and fight. of the LORD Out of Shiloh unto 10 And the Philistines fought, us, that, when it cometh among and Israel was smitten, and they us, it may save us out of the fled every man into his tent: hand of our enemies.

and there was a very great 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, I slaughter; for there fell of Israel that they might bring from thirty thousand footmen. thence the ark of the covenant 11 And they ark of God was of the LORD of hosts, which taken ; and the two sons of Eli, dwelleth between the cherubims: Hophniand Phinehas, were slain. and the two sons of Eli, Hophni 12 And there ran a man of and Phinehas, were there with Benjamin out of the army, and the ark of the covenant of God. came to Shiloh the same day

5 And when the ark of the co- with his clothes rent, and with venant of the LORD came into earth upon his head. the camp, all Israel shouted 13 And when he came, lo, Eli with a great shout, so that the sat upon a seat by the way-side earth rang again.

watching: for his heart trem6 And when the Philistines bled for the ark of God. And heard the noise of the shout, when the man came into the they said, What meaneth the city and told it, all the city noise of this great shout in the cried out. camp of the Hebrews? And they 14. And when Eli heard the understood that the ark of the noise of the crying, he said, LORD was come into the camp.

What meaneth the noise of this 7 And the Philistines were tumult? And the man came in afraid, for they said, God is hastily, and told Eli. come into the camp. And they 15 Now Eli was ninety and said, Woe unto us! for there eight years old; and his eyes hath not been such a thing were dim, that he could not see. heretofore.

16 And the man said unto Eli, 8 Woe unto us! Who shall I am he that came out of the deliver us out of the hand of army, and I fled to-day out of these mighty Gods? these are the army. And he said, What the Gods that smote the Egyp- is there done, my son ? tians with all the plagues in the 17 And the messenger an. wilderness.

swered and said, Israel is filed 9 Be strong, and quit your before the Philistines, and there selves like men, o ye Philis- hath been also a great slaugh

ter among the people, and thy || ark of God, and brought it from two sons also, Hophni and Phi-Eben-ezer unto Ashdod. nehas, are dead, and the ark of 2 When the Philistines took God is taken.

the ark of God, they brought 18 And it came to pass, when it into the house of Dagon, and he made mention of the ark of set it by Dagon. God, that he fell from off the 3 And when they of Ashdod seat backward, by the side of arose early on the morrow, bethe gate, and his neck brake, hold, Dagon was fallen upon his and he died : for he was an old face to the earth, before the ark man, and heavy. And he had of the LORD.

And he had of the LORD. And they took judged Israel forty years. Dagon, and set him in his place

19 And his daughter-in-law, again. Phinehas' wife, was with child, 4 And when they arose early near to be delivered : and when on the morrow morning, beshe heard the tidings that the hold, Dagon was fallen upon ark of God was taken, and that his face to the ground, before her father-in-law and her hus- the ark of the LORD ; and the band were dead, she bowed her head of Dagon and both the self, and travailed; for her pains palms of his hands were cut off came upon her.

upon the threshold; only the 20 And about the time of her stump of Dagon was left to him. death, the women that stood by 5. Therefore neither the priests her said unto her, Fear not; of Dagon, nor any that come for thou hast borne a son. But into Dagon's house, tread on she answered not, neither did the threshold of Dagon in Ashshe regard it.

dod unto this day. 21 And she named the child 6 But the hand of the LORD I-chabod, saying, The glory is was heavy upon them of Ashdeparted from Israel : because dod, and he destroyed them, the ark of God was taken, and and smote them with emerods, because of her father-in-law and even Ashdod and the coasts her husband.

thereof. 22 And she said, The glory 7 And when the men of Ashis departed from Israel : for the dod saw that it was so, they ark of God is taken.

said, The ark of the God of

Israel shall not abide with us : CHAP. V.

for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

8 They sent therefore and ga

thered all the lords of the PhiAND the Philistines took the listines unto them, and said,

DAGON FALLETH BEFORE

THE ARK.

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