2:30 Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I really did say 1 that your house and your ancestor’s house would serve 2 me forever.’ But now the Lord says, ‘May it never be! 3 For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed! 2:31 In fact, days are coming when I will remove your strength 4 and the strength 5 of your father’s house. There will not be an old man in your house! 2:32 You will see trouble in my dwelling place! 6 Israel will experience blessings, 7 but there will not be an old man in your 8 house for all time. 9 2:33 Any one of you that I do not cut off from my altar, I will cause your 10 eyes to fail 11 and will cause you grief. 12 All of those born to your family 13 will die in the prime of life. 14 2:34 This will be a confirming sign for you that will be fulfilled through your two sons, 15 Hophni and Phinehas: in a single day they both will die! 2:35 Then I will raise up for myself a faithful priest. He will do what is in my heart and soul. I will build for him a secure dynasty 16 and he will serve my chosen one for all time. 17 2:36 Everyone who remains in your house will come to bow before him for a little money 18 and for a scrap of bread. Each will say, ‘Assign me to a priestly task so I can eat a scrap of bread.’”
1 tn The infinitive absolute appears before the finite verb for emphasis.
2 tn Heb “walk about before.”
3 tn Heb “may it be far removed from me.”
4 tn Heb “chop off your arm.” The arm here symbolizes strength and activity.
5 tn Heb “arm.”
7 tn Heb “in all which he does good with Israel.”
8 tc The LXX and a Qumran manuscript have the first person pronoun “my” here.
9 tn Heb “all the days.”
10 tc The LXX, a Qumran
11 tn Heb “to cause your eyes to fail.” Elsewhere this verb, when used of eyes, refers to bloodshot eyes resulting from weeping, prolonged staring, or illness (see Lev 26:16; Pss 69:3; 119:82; Lam 2:11; 4:17).
12 tn Heb “and to cause your soul grief.”
13 tn Heb “and all the increase of your house.”
14 tc The text is difficult. The MT literally says “they will die [as] men.” Apparently the meaning is that they will be cut off in the prime of their life without reaching old age. The LXX and a Qumran
15 tn Heb “and this to you [is] the sign which will come to both of your sons.”
16 tn Heb “house.”
17 tn Heb “and he will walk about before my anointed one all the days.”
18 tn Heb “a piece of silver” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).