The Lord Rejects Eli's Household

1 Samuel 2

27 Then a t man of God came to Eli and said to him, "Thus says the LORD: u 'Did I not clearly reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house? 28 'Did I not v choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be My priest, to offer upon My altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod before Me? And w did I not give to the house of your father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire? 29 'Why do you x kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My y dwelling place, and honor your sons more than z Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?' 30 "Therefore the LORD God of Israel says: a 'I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.' But now the LORD says: b 'Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and c those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 'Behold, d the days are coming that I will cut off your 1 arm and the arm of your father's house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. 32 'And you will see an enemy in My dwelling place, despite all the good which God does for Israel. And there shall not be e an old man in your house forever. 33 'But any of your men whom I do not cut off from My altar shall consume your eyes and grieve your heart. And all the descendants of your house shall die in the flower of their age. 34 'Now this shall be f a sign to you that will come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: g in one day they shall die, both of them. 35 'Then h I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. i I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before j My anointed forever. 36 k 'And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and say, "Please, 2 put me in one of the priestly positions, that I may eat a piece of bread." ' "

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:4
    And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:1
    Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
    Judges 13:6
    So the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A Man of God came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name.
    1 Samuel 9:6
    And he said to him, "Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass. So let us go there; perhaps he can show us the way that we should go.
    1 Kings 13:1
    And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 4:14 - 16
    So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
    Exodus 12:1
    Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 28:1
    Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron's sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
    Exodus 28:4
    And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.
    Numbers 16:5
    And he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him.
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 2:3
    The rest of the grain offering shall be Aaron's...
    Leviticus 2:10
    And what is left of the grain offering shall be...
    Leviticus 6:16
    And the remainder of it Aaron and his sons shal...
    Leviticus 7:7
    The trespass offering is like the sin offering;...
    Leviticus 7:8
    And the priest who offers anyone's burnt offeri...
    Leviticus 7:34
    'For the breast of the wave offering and the th...
    Leviticus 7:35
    This is the consecrated portion for Aaron and h...
    Numbers 5:9
    Every offering of all the holy things of the ch...
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:15
    But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; You grew fat, you grew thick, You are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 12:5
    But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.
    Psalms 26:8
    LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 10:37
    He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 29:9
    And you shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and put the hats on them. The priesthood shall be theirs for a perpetual statute. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.
    Numbers 25:13
    'and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'"
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 18:9
    And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it.
    Jeremiah 18:10
    If it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 91:14
    Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
    Malachi 2:9 - 12
    "Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base Before all the people, Because you have not kept My ways But have shown partiality in the law."
  12. Cross References
    1 Samuel 4:11 - 18
    Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.
    1 Samuel 22:18
    And the king said to Doeg, "You turn and kill the priests!" So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.
    1 Samuel 22:19
    Also Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and donkeys and sheep - with the edge of the sword.
    1 Kings 2:27
    So Solomon removed Abiathar from being priest to the LORD, that he might fulfill the word of the LORD which He spoke concerning the house of Eli at Shiloh.
    1 Kings 2:35
    The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army, and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
  13. Cross References
    Zechariah 8:4
    Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age.
  14. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:7 - 9
    And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.
    1 Kings 13:3
    And he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which the LORD has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.
  15. Cross References
    1 Samuel 4:11
    Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.
    1 Samuel 4:17
    So the messenger answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead; and the ark of God has been captured.
  16. Cross References
    1 Kings 2:35
    The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army, and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
    Ezekiel 44:15
    But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood," says the Lord GOD.
    Hebrews 2:17
    Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
    Hebrews 7:26 - 28
    For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens.
  17. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:11
    Since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.
    2 Samuel 7:27
    For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, 'I will build you a house.' Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.
    1 Kings 11:38
    Then it shall be, if you heed all that I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build for you an enduring house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 18:50
    Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.
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