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1 Samuel 2:22-25

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2:22 Now Eli was very old when he heard about everything that his sons used to do to all the people of Israel 1  and how they used to have sex with 2  the women who were stationed at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 2:23 He said to them, “Why do you behave in this way? For I hear about these evil things from all these 3  people. 2:24 This ought not to be, 4  my sons! For the report that I hear circulating among the Lord’s people is not good. 2:25 If a man sins against a man, one may appeal to God on his behalf. But if a man sins against the Lord, who then will intercede for him?” But Eli’s sons 5  would not listen to their father, for the Lord had decided 6  to kill them.

1 tn Heb “to all Israel.”

2 tn Heb “lie with.”

3 tc For “these” the LXX has “of the Lord” (κυρίου, kuriou), perhaps through the influence of the final phrase of v. 24 (“the people of the Lord”). Somewhat less likely is the view that the MT reading is due to a distorted dittography of the first word of v. 24. The Vulgate lacks the word.

4 tn Heb “no.”

5 tn Heb “they”; the referent (Eli’s sons) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Heb “desired.”



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