1 Samuel 4:15
New International Version
who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see.

New Living Translation
who was ninety-eight years old and blind.

English Standard Version
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set so that he could not see.

Berean Study Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his gaze was fixed because he could not see.

New American Standard Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.

New King James Version
Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see.

King James Bible
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

Christian Standard Bible
At that time Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes didn't move because he couldn't see.

Good News Translation
Eli was now ninety-eight years old and almost completely blind.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that time Eli was 98 years old, and his gaze was fixed because he couldn't see.

International Standard Version
Now Eli was 98 years old, and his vision had failed.

NET Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes looked straight ahead; he was unable to see.

New Heart English Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, so that he could not see.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Eli was 98 years old, and his eyesight had failed so that he couldn't see.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were set, that he could not see.

New American Standard 1977
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes had become dim so that he could not see.

King James 2000 Bible
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

American King James Version
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

American Standard Version
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were set, so that he could not see.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Now Heli was ninety years old, and his eyes were fixed, and he saw not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Heli was ninety and eight years old, and his eyes were dim, and he could not see.

Darby Bible Translation
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, that he could not see.

English Revised Version
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were set, that he could not see.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

World English Bible
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were set, so that he could not see.

Young's Literal Translation
And Eli is a son of ninety and eight years, and his eyes have stood, and he hath not been able to see.
Study Bible
The Death of Eli
14Eli heard the outcry and asked, “Why this commotion?” So the man hurried over and reported to Eli. 15Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his gaze was fixed because he could not see. 16“I have just come from the battle,” the man said to Eli. “I fled from there today.” “What happened, my son?” Eli asked.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 3:2
And at that time Eli, whose eyesight had grown so dim that he could not see, was lying in his room.

1 Samuel 4:14
Eli heard the outcry and asked, "Why this commotion?" So the man hurried over and reported to Eli.

1 Kings 14:4
Jeroboam's wife did as instructed; she arose and went to Shiloh and arrived at Ahijah's house. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.

Treasury of Scripture

Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

ninety

1 Samuel 3:2
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

Psalm 90:10
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

and his eyes (See on

Genesis 27:1
And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.







Lexicon
Now Eli
וְעֵלִ֕י (wə·‘ê·lî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5941: Eli -- a priest at Shiloh

was ninety-eight
תִּשְׁעִ֥ים (tiš·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8673: Ninety

years old,
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

and his gaze
וְעֵינָ֣יו (wə·‘ê·nāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

was fixed
קָ֔מָה (qā·māh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

because he could not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

see.
לִרְאֽוֹת׃ (lir·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see
(15) Ninety and eight years old.--The LXX. here reads "ninety" years, the Syriac Version "seventy eight." In the sacred text, where numbers are concerned we usually find these varieties of translation and interpretation. The present system of numerals was invented by the Arabs. The Hebrews use the letters of the alphabet to express numbers. Such a system was naturally fruitful in errors of transcription, and thus numbers, and dates especially, in the earlier books of the Old Testament are frequently confused and uncertain. Many of the difficulties which have given so much trouble to commentators have arisen out of the confusion of copyists substituting, through inadvertence, in Hebrew one letter for another. Instead of "his eyes were dim," the more accurate rendering would be his eyes were set--were stiff, so that he could no longer see. This, as Keil observes, is a description of the so-called black cataract (amaurosis), which not unfrequently occurs at a very great age from paralysis of the optic nerves.

Verse 15. - Eli was ninety and eight years old. Until the invention by the Arabs of the present system of numerals, all ancient nations had a most cumbrous system of expressing numbers. The Hebrew method was to attach a value to each of the letters of the alphabet, and then add them together, and thus the eighth and nineteenth letters would between them make up ninety-eight. Such a system led to constant mistakes in copying, and thus the numerals in the earlier parts of the Old Testament are beset with uncertainty. Here the Septuagint has ninety, and the Syriac seventy-eight. But as Eli was described already as "very old" in 1 Samuel 2:22, the Hebrew text is the most probable. Instead of dim the Hebrew has set, i.e. Eli was now absolutely blind, as the word expresses the motionless state of the eye when obscured by cataract. In 1 Samuel 3:2 a different word is used, rightly there translated "dim," as the disease is one which comes on gradually. In 1 Kings 14:4 we read that Ahijah was blind from the same cause, and the word is there correctly rendered "set." 4:12-18 The defeat of the army was very grievous to Eli as a judge; the tidings of the death of his two sons, to whom he had been so indulgent, and who, as he had reason to fear, died impenitent, touched him as a father; yet there was a greater concern on his spirit. And when the messenger concluded his story with, The ark of God is taken, he is struck to the heart, and died immediately. A man may die miserably, yet not die eternally; may come to an untimely end, yet the end be peace.
Jump to Previous
Able Dim Eight Eli Eyes Ninety Ninety-Eight Stood
Jump to Next
Able Dim Eight Eli Eyes Ninety Ninety-Eight Stood
Links
1 Samuel 4:15 NIV
1 Samuel 4:15 NLT
1 Samuel 4:15 ESV
1 Samuel 4:15 NASB
1 Samuel 4:15 KJV

1 Samuel 4:15 Bible Apps
1 Samuel 4:15 Biblia Paralela
1 Samuel 4:15 Chinese Bible
1 Samuel 4:15 French Bible
1 Samuel 4:15 German Bible

Alphabetical: and could Eli eyes he his ninety-eight not Now old see set so that was were who whose years

OT History: 1 Samuel 4:15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old (1Sa iSam 1 Sam i sa) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
1 Samuel 4:14
Top of Page
Top of Page