And when the peoplewerecomeinto the camp, the elders of Israelsaid, Whereforehath the LORDsmitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shilohunto us, that, when it comethamong us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
So the peoplesent to Shiloh, thattheymightbringfromthence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, whichdwellethbetween the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, weretherewith the ark of the covenant of God.
And the messengeranswered and said, Israel is fledbefore the Philistines, and therehathbeenalso a greatslaughteramong the people, and thy two sonsalso, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
And it came to pass, when he mademention of the ark of God, that he fellfrom off the seatbackward by the side of the gate, and his neckbrake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judgedIsraelfortyyears.
And his daughter in law, Phinehas’wife, was withchild, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidingsthat the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husbandweredead, she bowedherself and travailed; for her painscameupon her.