Hophni

Hophni [N] [S]

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 .)

These dictionary topics are from
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 Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Hophni". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Hophni [N] [E]

(pugilist ) and PHINEHAS (brazen mouth ), the two sons of Eli, who fulfilled their hereditary sacerdotal duties at Shiloh. Their brutal rapacity and lust, ( 1 Samuel 2:12-17 1 Samuel 2:22 ) filled the people with disgust and indignation, and provoked the curse which was denounced against their fathers house, first by an unknown prophet, ( 1 Samuel 2:27-36 ) and then by Samuel. ch. ( 1 Samuel 3:11-14 ) They were both cut off in one day in the flower of their age, and the ark which they had accompanied to battle against the Philistines was lost on the same occasion. ( 1 Samuel 4:10 1 Samuel 4:11 ) (B.C. 1130.)


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Hophni'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.