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.
Darby Bible Translation
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not Jehovah.
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.
1 Samuel 2:12 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sons of Belial - See the marginal reference note. The phrase is very frequent in the books of Samuel. In the New Testament, Paul contrasts Christ and Belial, as if Belial were the name of an idol or the personification of evil 2 Corinthians 6:15. This probably led to the use of the term "Belial" in the the King James Version, instead of expressing its meaning, which is "mischief, wickedness."
LibraryThe Knowledge of God
'The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.' I Sam 2:2. Glorious things are spoken of God; he transcends our thoughts, and the praises of angels. God's glory lies chiefly in his attributes, which are the several beams by which the divine nature shines forth. Among other of his orient excellencies, this is not the least, The Lord is a God of knowledge; or as the Hebrew word is, A God of knowledges.' Through the bright mirror of his own essence, he has a full idea and cognisance …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
In the Court of Babylon
The Holiness of God
Mothers, Daughters, and Wives in Israel
2 Corinthians 6:15
Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
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.
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."
"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.
"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.
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