"Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that your house and your father's house would minister before me forever.1' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor,2 but those who despise3 me will be disdained.431
The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father's house, so that there will not be an old man in your family line532
and you will see distress6 in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man.733
Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your heart, and all your descendants8 will die in the prime of life.
" 'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign9 to you--they will both die10 on the same day.1135
I will raise up for myself a faithful priest,12 who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed13 one always.
Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a crust of bread and plead,14 "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.15" ' "