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1 Samuel 4

4 So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eliís two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

5 When the ark of the Lordís covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook.

6 Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, ďWhatís all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?Ē
When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp,

7 the Philistines were afraid. ďA god has[a] come into the camp,Ē they said. ďOh†no! Nothing like this has happened before.

8 Weíre doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.

9 Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!Ē

10 So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.

11 The ark of God was captured, and Eliís two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

Death of Eli


a. 1 Samuel 4:7 Or†ďGods have (see Septuagint)