New International Version
their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep.
King James Bible
Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
Darby Bible Translation
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
World English Bible
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows couldn't weep.
Young's Literal Translation
His priests by the sword have fallen, And their widows weep not.
Psalm 78:64 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Their priests fell by the sword - Hophni and Phinehas, who were slain in that unfortunate battle against the Philistines in which the ark of the Lord was taken, 1 Samuel 4:11.
A Chaldee Targum on this passage says, "In the time in which the ark of the Lord was taken by the Philistines, Hophni and Phinehas, the two priests, fell by the sword at Shiloh; and when the news was brought, their wives made no lamentation, for they both died the same day."
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The man who brought the news replied, "Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured."
1 Samuel 22:18
The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.
The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
"Look, LORD, and consider: Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring, the children they have cared for? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
You will keep your turbans on your heads and your sandals on your feet. You will not mourn or weep but will waste away because of your sins and groan among yourselves.
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