1 Samuel 2:30
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New International Version
"Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.

New Living Translation
"Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi would always be my priests. But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.

English Standard Version
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever'; but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me-- for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

King James Bible
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Therefore, this is the declaration of the LORD, the God of Israel: 'Although I said your family and your ancestral house would walk before Me forever, the LORD now says, "No longer!" I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disgraced.

International Standard Version
"Therefore, the LORD God of Israel has declared, 'I did, in fact, say that your family and your ancestor's family would walk before me forever,' but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from me! The one who honors me I'll honor, and the one who despises me is to be treated with contempt.

NET Bible
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'I really did say that your house and your ancestor's house would serve me forever.' But now the LORD says, 'May it never be! For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Therefore, the LORD God of Israel declares: I certainly thought that your family and your father's family would always live in my presence. "But now the LORD declares: I promise that I will honor those who honor me, and those who despise me will be considered insignificant.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, saith: I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before Me for ever; but now the LORD saith: Be it far from Me: for them that honour Me I will honour, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, the LORD God of Israel said, I had said indeed that thy house and the house of thy father should walk before me for ever, but now the LORD said, It shall never be; for those that honor me I will honor, and those that lightly esteem me shall be vile.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore the LORD God of Israel says, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD says, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

American King James Version
Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD said, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

American Standard Version
Therefore Jehovah, the God of Israel, saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now Jehovah saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father should minister in my sight, for ever. But now saith the Lord: Far be this from me: but whosoever shall glorify me, him will I glorify: but they that despise me, shall be despised.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore Jehovah the God of Israel saith, I said indeed, Thy house and the house of thy father should walk before me for ever. But now Jehovah saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

English Revised Version
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

World English Bible
"Therefore Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, 'I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me forever.' But now Yahweh says, 'Be it far from me; for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Young's Literal Translation
'Therefore -- the affirmation of Jehovah, God of Israel -- I certainly said, Thy house and the house of thy father, do walk up and down before Me to the age; and now -- the affirmation of Jehovah -- Far be it from Me! for he who is honouring Me, I honour, and those despising Me, are lightly esteemed.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:27-36 Those who allow their children in any evil way, and do not use their authority to restrain and punish them, in effect honour them more than God. Let Eli's example excite parents earnestly to strive against the beginnings of wickedness, and to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In the midst of the sentence against the house of Eli, mercy is promised to Israel. God's work shall never fall to the ground for want of hands to carry it on. Christ is that merciful and faithful High Priest, whom God raised up when the Levitical priesthood was thrown off, who in all things did his Father's mind, and for whom God will build a sure house, build it on a rock, so that hell cannot prevail against it.
Study Bible
A Prophecy against Eli's House
29Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the choicest of every offering of My people Israel?' 30"Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever; but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me-- for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed. 31'Behold, the days are coming when I will break your strength and the strength of your father's house so that there will not be an old man in your house.…
Cross References
John 12:26
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Exodus 29:9
"You shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and bind caps on them, and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.

Numbers 25:13
and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.'"

1 Kings 11:11
So the LORD said to Solomon, "Because you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.

Psalm 50:23
"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

Psalm 73:20
Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.

Psalm 91:15
"He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

Proverbs 4:8
"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.

Proverbs 8:17
"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Jeremiah 18:10
if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.
Treasury of Scripture

Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD said, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

I said

Exodus 28:43 And they shall be on Aaron, and on his sons, when they come in to …

Exodus 29:9 And you shall gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put …

Numbers 25:11-13 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned …

Be it far

Numbers 35:34 Defile not therefore the land which you shall inhabit, wherein I …

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

Jeremiah 18:9,10 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning …

them

Judges 9:10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come you, and reign over us.

Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation …

Proverbs 3:9,10 Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of …

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and you …

John 13:31,32 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man …

John 17:4,5 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

I will honour

Psalm 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to …

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

John 5:44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

that despise

Numbers 11:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it …

2 Samuel 12:9,10 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in …

Malachi 2:8,9 But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble …

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