1 Samuel 2 ©
Hannah's song in thankfulness to God. The sin of Eli's sons. Samuel's ministry. Eli blesseth Elkanah and his wife, who beareth more children. Eli reproveth his sons. A prophecy against Eli's house.
AND Hannah aprayed, and said, bMy heart rejoiceth in the LORD, cmine *horn is exalted in the LORD: my dmouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I erejoice in thy salvation.
He qraiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the rpillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.
He swill keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be tsilent in darkness; for uby strength shall no man prevail.
The vadversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; wout of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD xshall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall ygive strength unto his king, and exalt the *horn of his anointed.
And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a *fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;
And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat 2*presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
Nay, my sons; for it is qno good report that I hear: ye make the LORD's people 6to transgress.
If rone man sin against another, sthe judge shall judge him: but tif a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they uhearkened not unto the voice of their father, vbecause the LORD would slay them.
And adid I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to bwear an *ephod before me? and cdid I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
Wherefore dkick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded ein my habitation; and fhonourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, gI said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, hBe it far from me; for ithem that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
And thou shalt see 7an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be kan old man in thine house for ever.
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 8age.
And mI 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 nbuild him a sure house; and he shall walk before omine anointed for ever.