1 Samuel 4:15
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who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

His heart trembled for the ark of God - He was a most mild and affectionate father, and yet the safety of the ark lay nearer to his heart than the safety of his two sons. Who can help feeling for this aged, venerable man?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


1 Samuel 3:2 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;

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years...

and his eyes (See on

Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his oldest son...

were dim [heb] stood

Faithlessness and Defeat
'And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3. And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines?
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Form and Spirit of Religion
Now, three points this morning inferred from our narrative. The first point is this--that the outward form of religion is to be carefully and reverently observed. But my second and most important head is this--you will notice that the very men who have the least of the spirit of religion are the most superstitiously observant of the form of it; just as you find the people here, who did not care for God, had a very superstitious regard for that chest called the ark of the covenant. And then, my third
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Cross References
1 Samuel 3:2
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.

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

1 Kings 14:4
So Jeroboam's wife did what he said and went to Ahijah's house in Shiloh. Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.

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