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Hophni and Phinehas

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

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HOPHNI AND PHINEHAS . The two sons of Eli; they were priests in the sanctuary at Shiloh, where, in spite of the presence of their father, they carried on their evil practices. In consequence of their deeds a curse is twice pronounced upon the house of Eli, first by a ‘man of God’ ( 1 Samuel 2:27 ) who is not named, and again by the mouth of Samuel (ch. 3). The curse was accomplished when Hophni and Phinehas were slain at the battle of Aphek, and the ark of God was lost an incident which was the cause of the death of Eli (ch. 4). The malpractices of these two consisted in their claiming and appropriating more than their due of the sacrifices ( 1 Samuel 2:13-17 ), and in their immoral actions in the Tabernacle ( 1 Samuel 2:22; cf. Amos 2:7-8 ).

W. O. E. Oesterley.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Hophni and Phinehas'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdb/​h/hophni-and-phinehas.html. 1909.
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