1When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.2We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.3The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.4From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.5When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.6There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board.7We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.8We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.9Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them,10“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.”11But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.12Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.
12Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD.13Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled14and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.15But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”16If the person said to him, “Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”17This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.18But Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod.19Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.20Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home.21And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.22Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.23So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.24No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD’s people is not good.25If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death.26And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.
27Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor’s family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh?28I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor’s family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.29Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’30“Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.31The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age,32and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.33Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.34“ ‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—they will both die on the same day.35I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.36Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.” ’ ”
1The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.2From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.3Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.4He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:5“Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”6And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.7“Listen, my people, and I will speak; I will testify against you, Israel: I am God, your God.8I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.9I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,10for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.11I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.12If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.13Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?14“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,15and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”16But to the wicked person, God says: “What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?17You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.18When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers.19You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.20You sit and testify against your brother and slander your own mother’s son.21When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.22“Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:23Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”