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1 Samuel 4 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Philistines Take the Ark

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:1 -

Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer, and the Philistines camped in Aphek.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:2 - And the Philistines arranged themselves to meet Israel. Then the battle spread, and Israel was [fn]defeated before the Philistines who struck down about 4,000 men on the battlefield.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:3 - Then the people came into the camp, and the elders of Israel said, “Why has Yahweh [fn]defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, that [fn]it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:4 - So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of Yahweh of hosts who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
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And it happened that as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth was thrown into confusion.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:6 - Then the Philistines heard the noise of the shout and said, “What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they knew that the ark of Yahweh had come into the camp.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:7 - And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:8 - “Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:9 - “Be strong and become men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews, as they have been slaves to you; therefore, become men and fight.”
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So the Philistines fought, and Israel was [fn]defeated, and every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel 30,000 foot soldiers.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:11 - And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

The Death of Eli

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:12 -

Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his robes torn and [fn]dust on his head.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:13 - And he came, and behold, Eli was sitting on his seat [fn]by the road eagerly watching because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. Now the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:14 - Then Eli heard the noise of the outcry, and he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” So the man came hurriedly and told Eli.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:15 - Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes had set so that he could not see.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:16 - And the man said to Eli, “I am the one who came from the battle line. Indeed, I fled from the battle line today.” And he said, “How did things go, my son?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:17 - Then the one who brought the news answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been taken.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:18 - And it happened that when he mentioned the ark of God, [fn]Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken, and he died, for the man was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.
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Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’s wife, was with child and about to give birth. And she heard the report that the ark of God was taken and that her father-in-law and her husband had died, so she kneeled down and gave birth, for her pains came upon her.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:20 - And about the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you have given birth to a son.” But she did not answer or pay attention.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:21 - And she called the boy [fn]Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 4:22 - And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken.”
LSB Footnotes
Lit smitten
Lit smitten
Or he
Lit smitten
Lit ground
Gr beside the gate watching the road
Lit he
Lit no glory

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