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1 Samuel 4:17-18

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4:17 The messenger replied, “Israel has fled from 1  the Philistines! The army has suffered a great defeat! Your two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead! The ark of God has been captured!”

4:18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli 2  fell backward from his chair beside the gate. He broke his neck and died, for he 3  was old and heavy. He had judged Israel for forty years.

1 tn Heb “before.”

2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Eli) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “the man.”



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