All the Men of the Bible - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hophni [Hŏph'nī]—strong. A son of Eli, the high priest and judge who proved unworthy of his sacred offices (1 Sam. 1:3; 2:34; 4:4, 11, 17). Hophni is always associated with his brother Phinehas. The two were partners in evil practices and brought a twice-pronounced curse upon their heads (1 Sam. 2:34; 3). Both were slain at the battle of Aphek, and this coupled with the loss of the Ark, caused the death of Eli. Both sons disgraced their priestly office in a twofold way:

I. In claiming and appropriating more than their due of the sacrifices (1 Sam. 2:13-17).

II. In their immoral actions in the Tabernacle (2:22; Amos 2:7, 8).

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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