Eli said to them, "I have been hearing reports from the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning?
You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the LORD's people are not good.
If someone sins against another person, God a can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the LORD, who can intercede?" But Eli's sons wouldn't listen to their father, for the LORD was already planning to put them to death.
Meanwhile, as young Samuel grew taller, he also continued to gain favor with the LORD and with the people.
One day a prophet came to Eli and gave him this message from the LORD: "Didn't I reveal myself to your ancestors when the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt?
I chose your ancestor Aaron b from among all his relatives to be my priest, to offer sacrifices on my altar, to burn incense, and to wear the priestly garments c as he served me. And I assigned the sacrificial offerings to you priests.
So why do you scorn my sacrifices and offerings? Why do you honor your sons more than me -- for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people!
"Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, says: The terrible things you are doing cannot continue! I had promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi d would always be my priests. But I will honor only those who honor me, and I will despise those who despise me.
I will put an end to your family, so it will no longer serve as my priests. All the members of your family will die before their time. None will live to a ripe old age.
You will watch with envy as I pour out prosperity on the people of Israel. But no members of your family will ever live out their days.
Those who are left alive will live in sadness and grief, and their children will die a violent death. e
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)