1 Samuel 2:12-17
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.…
Men of corrupt lives at the head of religion, who are shameless in their profligacy, have a lowering effect on the moral life of the whole community Down and down goes the standard of living Class after class gets infected. The mischief spreads like dry rot in a building; ere long the whole fabric of society is infected with the poison.
(W. G. Blaikie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.