1 Samuel 4
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1And the word of Samuel was revealed to all Israel. And Israel went out against the Philistines to battle and pitched beside Ebenezer. And the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2And the Philistines put themselves in order against Israel. And when the battle commenced Israel was beaten before the Philistines. And they killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. 3And when the people had come to the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD beaten us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh to us, so that when it comes among us it may save us out of the hand of our enemies." 4And the people sent to Shiloh in order to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts from there, the ark which dwells between the cherubs. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

5And it came to pass when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. 6And 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 they saw that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. 7And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us, for there has not been a thing like this before! 8Woe to us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods that struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. 9Be strong and fight like men, O, Philistines, so that you may not be servants to the Hebrews as they have been to you. Be men and fight!"

10And the Philistines fought, and Israel was beaten, and each one of them fled into his tent. And there was a very great slaughter, for there fell thirty thousand footmen of Israel. 11And the ark of God was taken. And Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were slain.

12And a man of Benjamin ran out of the army. And he came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and with dirt upon his head. 13And he came in, and behold, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. 14And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What is the noise of this tumult?" And the man hurried in and told Eli. 15And Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see. 16And the man said to Eli, "I am he who came out of the army, and I fled today from the battle." And he said, "How did the matter go, my son?" 17And the messenger answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and also there has been a great slaughter among the people. And also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured." 18And it came to pass when he spoke of the ark of God, Eli fell backward off the seat by the side of the gate. And his neck broke, and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

19And his daughter-in-law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, ready to be delivered. And when she heard the report that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her. 20And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said to her, "Do not fear, for you have borne a son." But she did not answer, nor set her heart upon it. 21And she named the child Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel," because the ark of God had been captured, and because of her father-inlaw and her husband. 22And she said, "The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God is taken."

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