1 Samuel 4:11
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New International Version
The ark of God was captured, and Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

King James Bible
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

Darby Bible Translation
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

World English Bible
The ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

Young's Literal Translation
and the ark of God hath been taken, and the two sons of Eli have died, Hophni and Phinehas.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hophni and Phinehas were slain - They probably attempted to defend the ark, and lost their lives in the attempt.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the ark

1 Samuel 2:32 And you shall see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel...

Psalm 78:61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

the two sons

1 Samuel 2:34 And this shall be a sign to you, that shall come on your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.

Psalm 78:64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

were slain [heb] died

Faithlessness and Defeat
'And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3. And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines?
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Form and Spirit of Religion
Now, three points this morning inferred from our narrative. The first point is this--that the outward form of religion is to be carefully and reverently observed. But my second and most important head is this--you will notice that the very men who have the least of the spirit of religion are the most superstitiously observant of the form of it; just as you find the people here, who did not care for God, had a very superstitious regard for that chest called the ark of the covenant. And then, my third
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Cross References
1 Samuel 2:31
The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age,

1 Samuel 2:34
"'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you--they will both die on the same day.

1 Samuel 4:21
She named the boy Ichabod, saying, "The Glory has departed from Israel"--because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.

Psalm 78:56
But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.

Psalm 78:60
He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among humans.

Jeremiah 7:12
"'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.

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