1 Samuel 2:12
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD.

New Living Translation
Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the LORD

English Standard Version
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD

King James Bible
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Eli's sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD

International Standard Version
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men who did not know the LORD.

NET Bible
The sons of Eli were wicked men. They did not recognize the LORD's authority.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Eli's sons, [Hophni and Phinehas,] were good-for-nothing priests; they had no faith in the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the sons of Eli were base men; they knew not the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they did not know the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

American King James Version
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

American Standard Version
Now the sons of Eli were base men; they knew not Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the sons of Heli were children of Belial, not knowing the Lord,

Darby Bible Translation
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

World English Bible
Now the sons of Eli were base men; they didn't know Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and the sons of Eli are sons of worthlessness, they have not known Jehovah.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:11-26 Samuel, being devoted to the Lord in a special manner, was from a child employed about the sanctuary in the services he was capable of. As he did this with a pious disposition of mind, it was called ministering unto the Lord. He received a blessing from the Lord. Those young people who serve God as well as they can, he will enable to improve, that they may serve him better. Eli shunned trouble and exertion. This led him to indulge his children, without using parental authority to restrain and correct them when young. He winked at the abuses in the service of the sanctuary till they became customs, and led to abominations; and his sons, who should have taught those that engaged in the service of the sanctuary what was good, solicited them to wickedness. Their offence was committed even in offering the sacrifices for sins, which typified the atonement of the Saviour! Sins against the remedy, the atonement itself, are most dangerous, they tread under foot the blood of the covenant. Eli's reproof was far too mild and gentle. In general, none are more abandoned than the degenerate children of godly persons, when they break through restraints.
Study Bible
The Sins of Eli's Sons
11Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest. 12Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD 13and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:15
What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

Judges 2:10
All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

Judges 19:22
While they were celebrating, behold, the men of the city, certain worthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have relations with him."

1 Samuel 3:13
"For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.

1 Kings 21:10
and seat two worthless men before him, and let them testify against him, saying, 'You cursed God and the king.' Then take him out and stone him to death."

Jeremiah 2:8
"The priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me, And the prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after things that did not profit.

Jeremiah 9:3
"They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:6
"Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 22:26
"Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Treasury of Scripture

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

The sons

Hosea 4:6-9 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

Malachi 2:1-9 And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you…

sons of Belial

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And …

1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined …

Deuteronomy 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, …

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the …

1 Kings 21:10,13 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against …

2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that …

knew

1 Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the …

Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and …

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

John 8:55 Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Romans 1:21,28-30 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

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