1 Samuel 4:14
New International Version
Eli heard the outcry and asked, “What is the meaning of this uproar?” The man hurried over to Eli,

New Living Translation
“What is all the noise about?” Eli asked. The messenger rushed over to Eli,

English Standard Version
When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, “What is this uproar?” Then the man hurried and came and told Eli.

Berean Study Bible
Eli heard the outcry and asked, “Why this commotion?” So the man hurried over and reported to Eli.

King James Bible
And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.

New King James Version
When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the sound of this tumult mean?” And the man came quickly and told Eli.

New American Standard Bible
When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

NASB 1995
When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

NASB 1977
When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

Amplified Bible
When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he asked, “What is the noise of this uproar?” And the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

Christian Standard Bible
Eli heard the outcry and asked, “Why this commotion? ” The man quickly came and reported to Eli.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Eli heard the outcry and asked, “Why this commotion?” The man quickly came and reported to Eli.

American Standard Version
And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man hasted, and came and told Eli.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Eli heard the sound of the wailing and he said: “What is this sound of tumult?” And the man hurried and came and he told Eli

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Heli heard the sound of the cry, and said, What is the voice of this cry? and the men hasted and went in, and reported to Heli.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Heli heard the noise of the cry, and he said: What meaneth the noise of this uproar? But he made haste, and came, and told Heli.

Good News Translation
Eli heard the noise and asked, "What is all this noise about?" The man hurried to Eli to tell him the news. (

International Standard Version
Eli heard the sound of the cry and asked, "What is the meaning of this commotion?" Then the man quickly came and told Eli.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said: 'What meaneth the noise of this tumult?' And the man made haste, and came and told Eli.

Literal Standard Version
And Eli hears the noise of the cry and says, “What [is] the noise of this tumult?” And the man hurried, and comes in, and tells Eli.

New American Bible
When Eli heard the uproar, he wondered why there was such commotion. Just then the man rushed up to inform him.

NET Bible
When Eli heard the outcry, he said, "What is this commotion?" The man quickly came and told Eli.

New Revised Standard Version
When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, “What is this uproar?” Then the man came quickly and told Eli.

New Heart English Bible
When Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What does the noise of this tumult mean?" The man hurried, and came and told Eli.

World English Bible
When Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What does the noise of this tumult mean?" The man hurried, and came and told Eli.

Young's Literal Translation
And Eli heareth the noise of the cry, and saith, 'What -- the noise of this tumult!' And the man hasted, and cometh in, and declareth to Eli.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Death of Eli
13When he arrived, there was Eli, sitting on his chair beside the road and watching, because his heart trembled for the ark of God. When the man entered the city to give a report, the whole city cried out. 14Eli heard the outcry and asked, “Why this commotion?” So the man hurried over and reported to Eli. 15Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his gaze was fixed because he could not see.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 4:13
When he arrived, there was Eli, sitting on his chair beside the road and watching, because his heart trembled for the ark of God. When the man entered the city to give a report, the whole city cried out.

1 Samuel 4:15
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his gaze was fixed because he could not see.

Jeremiah 48:19
Stand by the road and watch, O dweller of Aroer! Ask the man fleeing or the woman escaping, 'What has happened?'


Treasury of Scripture

And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What means the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.

What meaneth

1 Samuel 4:6
And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.











(14) What meaneth the noise?--The blind old man, we must suppose, was seated on his chair of state, surrounded by priests and Levites, who were in attendance on him as high priest and judge. As the runner drew near, and the torn dress and the dust sprinkled on his head--the symbols of disaster--became visible, the wail of woe would soon run through the place. The cry of sorrow was the first intimation to the blind Eli: he was soon to hear the details. His question was probably, in the first place, addressed to the little court standing by his throne. The narrative is so vivid we seem to hear the sound of the cries of grief and terror which Eli heard, and to see the scene of dismay and confusion which those sightless eyes were prevented from looking on.

Verse 14. - And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he asked the meaning of this tumult. The word signifies any confused noise, as the splashing of rain (1 Kings 18:41), but especially the din made by a multitude of people (Job 39:7). It exactly expresses here the Babel of voices, all asking news at once, which at the coming of the messenger surged around the high priest's throne. He demands the reason, and the uproar is quelled, while "the man hasted, and came and told Eli." Not came in, for Eli was without on the wayside, but simply came to Eli, being summoned thither by one of the Levites in attendance. Eli, as the chief ruler, was, of course, the person whom he sought, and immediately that he knew where he was, he hasted to him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Eli
עֵלִי֙ (‘ê·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh

heard
וַיִּשְׁמַ֤ע (way·yiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the outcry
ק֣וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

and asked,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Why
מֶ֛ה (meh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

this
הַזֶּ֑ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

commotion?”
הֶהָמ֖וֹן (he·hā·mō·wn)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1995: A noise, tumult, crowd, disquietude, wealth

So the man
וְהָאִ֣ישׁ (wə·hā·’îš)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

hurried over
מִהַ֔ר (mi·har)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4116: To be liquid, flow easily, to hurry, promptly

and reported
וַיַּגֵּ֥ד (way·yag·gêḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

to Eli.
לְעֵלִֽי׃ (lə·‘ê·lî)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh


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