1 SAMUEL II. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24.–Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial : they knew
not the Lord. And the priest's custom with the people was, that when any man offered sacrifice,
the priest's servant came while the flesh was in seething, with a fles
was in seething, with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his
hand : and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot : all that the flesh-hook brought up,
the priest took for himself: so they did in Shiloh, unto all the Israelites that came thither. Also
before they burned the fat, the priest's servant came and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh
to roast for the priest : for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said
unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently: and then take as much as thy soul desireth,
then he would answer bim, Nay, but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering
of the Lord. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Is
unto them, Why do ye such things ? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my
sons; for it is no good report that I hear; ye make the Lord's people io transgress.