New American Standard Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.
King James Bible
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
Darby Bible Translation
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, that he could not see.
World English Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, so that he could not see.
Young's Literal Translation
And Eli is a son of ninety and eight years, and his eyes have stood, and he hath not been able to see.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Dim - Rather, "set." The word is quite different from that so rendered in 1 Samuel 3:2. The phrase seems to express the "fixed" state of the blind eye, which is not affected by the light. Eli's blindness, while it made him alive to sounds, prevented his seeing the ripped garments and dust-besprinkled head of the messenger of bad news.
LibraryIs God in the Camp?
"And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing heretofore"--1 Samuel 4:7. Israel was out of gear with God. The people had forgotten the Most High, and had gone aside to the worship of Baal. They had neglected the things of God; therefore they were give up to their enemies. When Jehovah had brought them out of Egypt, he instructed them how they were to live in the land to which he would bring them, and warned …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892
The Tests of Love to God
1 Samuel 3:2
It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),
1 Samuel 4:14
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.
1 Kings 14:4
Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.
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