The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 2:22–26

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22  Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did unto all Israel, and how that they lay with the women that did service at the door of the tent of meeting.

22  And Heli was very old, and he heard what his sons did to the children of Israel.

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23  And he said unto them: 'Why do ye such things? for I hear evil reports concerning you from all this people.

23  And he said to them, Why do ye according to this thing, which I hear from the mouth of all the people of the Lord?

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24  Nay, my sons; for it is no good report which I hear YHWH'S people do spread abroad.

24  Nay my sons, for the report which I hear is not good; do not so, for the reports which I hear are not good, so that the people do not serve God.

24  My sons, do not be willing. For it is no good report that I am hearing, so that you would cause the people of the Lord to transgress.

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25  If one man sin against another, God shall judge him; but if a man sin against YHWH, who shall entreat for him?' But they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the YHWH would slay them.

25  If a man should at all sin against another, then shall they pray for him to the Lord; but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? But they hearkened not to the voice of their father, because the Lord would by all means destroy them.

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26  And the child Samuel grew on, and increased in favour both with YHWH, and also with men.

26  But the youth Samuel advanced, and grew up, and he was pleasing to the Lord, as well as to men.