4 And so it was, when the word of Samuel had reached all Israel, that Israel went forth to meet the Philistines in battle, and they encamped near Eben-ezer, while the Philistines encamped in Aphek.
2 And the Philistines set themselves in array to meet Israel, and when the battle spread, then was Israel smitten before the Philistines,—and there were slain of the army in the field about four thousand men.
3 And when the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath Yahweh smitten us to-day before the Philistines? Let us fetch unto us, out of Shiloh, the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, that when it cometh into our midst, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and bare from thence the ark of the covenant of Yahweh of hosts, who inhabiteth the cherubim,—and there were the two sons of Eli with the ark of the covenant of God, namely, Hophni and Phinehas.
5 And so it was, when the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came into the camp, that all Israel brake out into a loud shout of joy,—so that the earth rang again.
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said—What meaneth the noise of this loud shout of joy in the camp of the Hebrews? And they learned that the ark of Yahweh had come into the camp.
7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said—God hath come into the camp. And they said—Woe to us! for there hath not happened the like of this heretofore.
8 Woe to us! Who shall rescue us out of the hand of these majestic gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with all manner of smiting in the desert!
9 Take courage, and quit yourselves like men, ye Philistines, lest ye come into bondage to the Hebrews, as they have been in bondage unto you,—therefore must ye quit yourselves like men and fight.
10 So the Philistines fought and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man to his home; and the slaughter became exceeding great,—and there fell of Israel—thirty thousand footmen.
11 And the ark of God was taken,—and the two sons of Eli were slain, Hophni and Phinehas.
12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and entered Shiloh on the same day—with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
13 And when he entered, lo! Eli was sitting upon his chair by the wayside, watching, for his heart was trembling for the ark of God,—and the man entered to tell the news in the city, and all the city made outcry.
14 And when Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said—What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man hasted, and came, and told Eli.
15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old; and his eyes were fixed, that he could not see.
16 So the man said unto Eli—I am he that came in from the army, yea, I from the army fled to-day. And he said—What is the thing that hath happened, my son?
17 And the bearer of tidings answered, and said—Israel hath fled before the Philistines, Moreover also a great smiting hath taken place among the people,—Moreover also thy two sons are slain, Hophni and Phinehas, And the ark of God is taken.
18 And it came to pass, when he mentioned the ark of God, that he fell from off his seat backwards at the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died, for old was the man, and heavy,—and he had judged Israel forty years.
19 Now his daughter-in-law, wife of Phinehas, was with child ready to give birth, and when she heard the tidings, as to the taking of the ark of God, and the death of her father-in-law and her husband, she bowed herself and gave birth, for her pains had seized her.
20 And about the time of her death, the women that stood by her said: Do not fear, for to a son hast thou given birth. But she neither answered nor regarded.
21 And she called the boy I-chabod! [Where’s the glory?] saying, Exiled is the glory from Israel,—In regard to the taking of the ark of God, and to her father-in-law, and to her husband.
22 So she said—Exiled is the glory from Israel,—For the ark of God hath been taken.