1 Samuel 4
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1 Samuel 4
The Philistines Capture the Ark of the Covenant...
Thus the word of Shemu`el was to all Yisra`el. And Yisra`el went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Eben Ha`ezer, while the Philistines encamped in Apheq.
And the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Yisra'el. And when the battle spread, Yisra'el was smitten by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field.
And when the people came into the camp, the elders of Yisra'el said, 'Why has YHWH smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of YHWH from Shiloh to us, so that He comes into our midst and save us from the hand of our enemies.'
And the people sent to Shiloh, and they brought from there the ark of the covenant of YHWH of hosts, dwelling between the kerubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Pinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of Elohim.
And when the ark of the covenant of YHWH came into the camp, all Yisra'el shouted so loudly that the earth shook.
And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, 'What is the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews?' And when they knew that the ark of YHWH had come into the camp,
the Philistines were afraid, for they said, 'Elohim has come into the camp!' And they said, 'Woe to us! For it has never been like this before.
`Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty Elohim? These are the Elohim who smote the Mitsrites with all the plagues in the wilderness.
'Be strong and be men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!'
And the Philistines fought, and Yisra'el was smitten, and every man fled to his tent. And the slaughter was very great, and there fell of Yisra'el thirty thousand foot soldiers.
And the ark of Elohim was captured, and the two sons of Eli died, Hophni and Pinehas.
The Death of Eli...
And a man of Binyamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his garments torn and dirt on his head.
And he came in and saw Eli, sitting on a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of Elohim. And the man came into the city and reported it, and all the city cried out.
And Eli heard the noise of the outcry and said, 'What is the noise of this uproar?' And the man came hastily and informed Eli.
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were so dim that he was unable to see.
And the man said to Eli, 'I am he who came from the battle. And I fled today from the battle line.' And he said, 'What was the matter, my son?'
And the messenger answered and said, 'Yisra'el has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. And your two sons have died, Hophni and Pinehas, and the ark of Elohim has been captured.'
And it came to be, when he made mention of the ark of Elohim, that Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate. And his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. And he ruled Yisra'el forty years.
And his daughter-in-law, Pinehas' wife, was pregnant, about to bear. And when she heard the news that the ark of Elohim was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and gave birth, because her pains came upon her.
And about the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, 'Do not fear, for you have borne a son.' But she did not answer, nor did she set her heart to it.
And she called the child Ikabod, saying, 'The esteem has departed from Yisra'el!' because the ark of Elohim was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
And she said, 'The esteem has departed from Yisra'el, for the ark of Elohim was taken.'
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