New Living Translation
Their priests were slaughtered, and their widows could not mourn their deaths.
King James Bible
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
Darby Bible Translation
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
World English Bible
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.
Young's Literal Translation
His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep not.
Psalm 78:64 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
78:64 Priests - Hophni and Phinehas. No lamentation - No funeral solemnities; either because they were prevented by their own death, as the wife of Phinehas was, or disturbed by the invasion of the enemy.
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1 Samuel 4:17
"Israel has been defeated by the Philistines," the messenger replied. "The people have been slaughtered, and your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were also killed. And the Ark of God has been captured."
1 Samuel 22:18
Then the king said to Doeg, "You do it." So Doeg the Edomite turned on them and killed them that day, eighty-five priests in all, still wearing their priestly garments.
Those who survive will die of a plague, and not even their widows will mourn them.
"O LORD, think about this! Should you treat your own people this way? Should mothers eat their own children, those they once bounced on their knees? Should priests and prophets be killed within the Lord's Temple?
Your heads will remain covered, and your sandals will not be taken off. You will not mourn or weep, but you will waste away because of your sins. You will mourn privately for all the evil you have done.
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