1 Samuel 4 ©
The Israelites are smitten by the Philistines at Eben-ezer. They fetch the ark to the terror of their enemies; but are smitten again, the ark taken, and the two sons of Eli slain. Upon hearing the news Eli falleth backward, and breaketh his neck. The wife of Phinehas through grief falleth in labour, is delivered of I-chabod, and dieth.
¶And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, dWherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? eLet us 4fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of fShiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
So gthe people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the hark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth ibetween the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there jwith the ark of the covenant of God.
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? nAnd they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.
¶And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled severy man into his tent: and there twas a very great slaughter; for there fell of uIsrael thirty thousand footmen.
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 Eli.
And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What 9is there done, my son?
And the messenger answered and said, zIsrael is fled 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.
And it came to pass, awhen he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by bthe side of the gate, and his cneck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
¶And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near 10to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains 11came upon her.