pugilist or client, one of the two sons of Eli, the high priest ( 1 Samuel 1:3 ; 2:34 ), who, because he was "very old," resigned to them the active duties of his office. By their scandalous conduct they brought down a curse on their father's house ( 1 Samuel 2:22 1 Samuel 2:12-27 1 Samuel 2:27-36 ; 3:11-14 ). For their wickedness they were called "sons of Belial," i.e., worthless men ( 2:12 ). They both perished in the disastrous battle with the Philistines at Aphek ( 4:11 ). (See PHINEHAS .)
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Hophni". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".