New International Version
This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD's sight, for they were treating the LORD's offering with contempt.
King James Bible
Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
And the sin of the young men was very great before Jehovah, for men despised the offering of Jehovah.
World English Bible
The sin of the young men was very great before Yahweh; for the men despised the offering of Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
And the sin of the young men is very great in the presence of Jehovah, for the men have despised the offering of Jehovah.
1 Samuel 2:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great - That is, Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli.
Men abhorred the offering - As the people saw that the priests had no piety, and that they acted as if there was no God; they despised God's service, and became infidels.
A national priesthood, when the foundation is right, may be a great blessing; but if the priesthood becomes corrupt, though the foundation itself stand sure, the corruption of the national manners will be the unavoidable consequence.
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'And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 8. And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4. That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5. And he ran onto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou …
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Though the Fore-Mentioned Eternal Moral Obligations
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity the Christian Calling and Unity.
1 Samuel 2:16
If the person said to him, "Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want," the servant would answer, "No, hand it over now; if you don't, I'll take it by force."
1 Samuel 3:13
For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.
"For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.
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