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their VISITATION, faith the LORD. ' . C, and iaid, 13 And I have seen FOLLY in the ORD give thee Seed of PROPHETS of Samasia ; they prophewoman, for the Loan lied in Baal, and caused my PEOPLE

is lent to the LORD. 14 I have feen also in the PROPHETS they went unto their of Jerusalem an HORRIBLE Thing:

they commit ADULTERY, and walk in .. 21 And the LORD visited of Evil Voers, that none doth Re

Lies: they STRENGTHEN also the Hands hannah, so that the concei- TURN from his WICKEDNESS : they are

all of them unto me as SODOM, and and two Daughters : and the rah.

's the Inhabitants thereof as GomorSAMUEL grew before Is Therefore thus saith the LORD

of Hofts concerning the PROPHETS,

Behold, I will feed them with WORM 22 Now Eli was very old, WOOD, and make them drink the Waand heard all that his' Sons ter of Gall: for from the PROPHETS did unto all Israel, and how

of Jerusalem is PROPHANENESS gone

forth into all the LAND: they lay with the Women Jer. V. 30 A wonderful and hortuat allembled at the Door of rible Thing is committed in the

Land. the Tabernacle of the Congregation.

and the Priests bear Rule by their 23 And he said unto them,

means, and my PEOPLE LOVE to have Why do ye such Things? for I hear of your Evil Dealings by all this people.

24 Nay, my Sons : for it is no good Report that I hear: ye make the Lord's People to transgress. ..25 If one Man sin against another, the Judge shall judge him: but if a Man sin against the LORD, who fall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkned not unto the Voice of their Father, because the LORD would say them.

26 (And the Child SAMUEL grew on, and was in Favour both with the LORD, and also with Men.)

27 And there came a Man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus faith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the House of thy Father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's House ?

28 And did I chuse him out of all the Tribes of Israel to be my Priest, to offer upon mine Altar, to burn Incense,

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to wear an Ephod before me? and did I give unto the House of thy Father all the Offerings made by Fire of the Children of, Ifrael ?

29 Wherefore kick ye at my Sacrifice, and at mine Offering, which I have commanded in my Habitation, and honoureit thy Sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the Offerings of ISRAEL my People?

30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel faith, I said indeed, that thy House, and the House of thy Father should walk before me for ever : but now the LORD faith, Be it far from me ; for them that HONOUR ME, I WILL HONOUR, and they that DESPISE ME, shall be lightly esteemed.

31 Behold, the Days come that I will cut off thine Arm, and the Arm of thy Father's House, that there shall not be an Old Man in thine House.

32 And thou shalt see an Enemy in my Habitation, in all the Wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an Old Man in thine House for ever.

33 And the Man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine Altar, shall be to consume thine Eyes, and to GRIEVE thine Heart : and all the Increase of thine House shall die in the flower of their Age.

. 34 And this shall be a Sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two Sons, on Hophni and Phinehas : in one Day they shall die both of them.

35 And I will raise me up a FAITHFUL Priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine Heart, and in my Mind : and I will build him a sure House, and he shall walk before mine Anointed for ever.

36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine House, shall come and crouch to him for a Piece of Silver, and a Morsel of Bread, and shall say, Put me (I pray thee) into one of the Priest's Offices, that I may eat 3 Piece of Bread.

CHA P. III. i How the Word of the LORD was first revealed to Samuel.

11 GoD telleth Samuel the Destruction of Eli's House. ;

Ver. 1. AND the Child Samuel ministred unto the LORD

n before Eli: and the Word of the LORD was precious in those Days; there was no open Vision.

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2 And it came to pass at that Time, when ElI was laid down in his Place, and his Eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

3 And ere the Lamp of God went out in the Temple of the LORD, where the Ark of God was, and SAMUEL was laid down to sleep :

4. That the LORD called Samuel, and he answered, Here am I.

s And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I, for thou calledit me. And he said, I called not ; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

6 And the LORD called yet again, SAMUEL. And SaMUEL arose and went to ELI, and said, Here am I, for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my Son ; lie down again.

7 Now SAMUEL did not yet know the LORD, neither was the Word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

8 And the LORD called SAMUEL again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I, for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the Child.

9 Therefore Eli said unto SAMUEL, Go, lie down : and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak LORD, for thy Servant heareth. So SAMUEL went and lay down in his Place.

10 And the LORD came, and stood and called as at other Times, SAMUEL, SAMUEL. Then SAMUEL answered, Speak, for thy Servant heareth.

11 And the LORD said to SAMUEL, Behold, I will do a Thing in Israel, at which both the Ears of every one that heareth it, shall tingle.

12 In that Day, I will perform against Eli all Things which I have spoken concerning his House : when I begin,

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13 For I have told him that I will judge his House for ever, for the Iniquity which he knoweth : because his Sons made themselves vile, and he RESTRAINED them not.

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the House of Eli, that the Iniquity of Eli's House shall not be PURGED with Sacrifice, nor Offering for ever.

15 And SAMUEL lay until the Morning, and opened the Doors of the House of the LORD: and SAMUEL feared to thew Eli the Vision.

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16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel my Son. And he answered, Here am I.

17 And he said, What is the Thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me, of all the Things that he said unto thee:

18 And SAMUEL told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

19 And SAMUEL grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his Words fall to the Ground.

20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that SAMUEL was established to be a PROPHET of the LORD.

21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh : for the LORD REVEALED himself to Samuel in Shiloh, by the Word of the LORD.

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CH A P. IV. 1 The Ifraelites are overcome by the Philistines. 10 The Ark

is taken, and Eli's Sons pain. 12 Eli hearing the News,

breaketh his Neck. Ver. 1 AND the Word of SAMUEL came to all Israel.

A Now Ifrael went out against the Philistines to Battle.

2 And the Philistines put themselves in Aray again Israel: and when they joined Battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines.

3 And when the People were come into the Camp, the Elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us To-day before the Philistines ? Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the Hand of our Enemies.

4. So the People sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD of Hofts, which dwelleth between the Cherubims : and the two Sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there, with the ARK

5 And WENANT of God.nas, were there,

5 And when the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD came into the Camp, all Israel shouted with a great Shout, so that the Earth rang again.

6 And when the Philistines heard the Noise of the Shout,


they said, What meaneth the Noise of this great Shout in the Camp of the Hebrews ? And they understood that the ARK of the LORD was come into the Camp.

7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the Camp, and they said, Wo unto us; for there hath not been such a Thing heretofore.

8 Wo unto us : who shall deliver us out of the Hand of these mighty Gods ? these are the Gods that smote the EGYPTIANś with all the Plagues in the Wilderness.

10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they filed every Man into his Tent : and there was a very great Slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand Footmen.

11 s And the Ark of God .' Psal. Ixxviii. 58 They provoked was taken : and the two Sons

him to Anger with their high Places,

Jons and moved him to Jealousy with their of Eli, Hophni and Phine- graven Images. has, were slain.

59 When God heard this, he was 12 And there ran a Man

wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel :

60 so that he forlook the Taberof Benjamin out of the Ar- nacle of Shiloh, the Tent which he my, and came to Shiloh the placed among Men.

61 And DELIVERED his STRENGTH same Day with his Clothes into CAPTIVITY, and his Glory into rent, and with Earth upon the ENEMY'S HAND. his Head.

62 He gave his People over also

unto the SWORD, and was wroth with 13 And when he came, lo, his Inheritance. Eli sat upon a Seat by the 64 Their Priests fell by the SWORD, Way-side, watching : for his

his and their Widows made no Lamen

tation. Heart trembled for the ARK of God. And when the Man came into the City, and told it, all the City cried out.

14 And when Eli heard the Noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the Noise of this Tumult? And the Man came in hastily, and told E.ui.

15 Now Eli was ninety and eight Years old ; and his Eyes were dim, that he could not see.

16 And the Man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the Army, and I fed To-day out of the Army. And he said, What is there done, my Son?

17 And the Messenger answered and said, Israel is fed before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great Slaughter among the People, and thy two Sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the Ark of God is taken. · 18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ARK of God, that he fell from off the Scat backward by


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