Eli’s Wicked Sons

12 Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD. …

17 This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.

22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing …

23 So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. 24 No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD’s people is not good. 25 If 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.

Prophecy Against the House of Eli

27 Now 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? 28 I 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. 29 Why 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.

13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”


This passage is a little haunting to me. You see, I have two sons and they don’t always follow God the way I think they should. I know of things they do, lies they tell, music they listen to, and I don’t always say something, or I say something but don’t follow through with consequences. Am I just like Eli? Is the Lord going to judge me and my descendants because I fail to stand up for Him in the lives of my sons?

I am so thankful that we serve a God of second chances. I’m so thankful that it is not by my strength or my wisdom that I am to overcome this world. I can’t do it on my own but I can do all things through Christ that give me strength.

Is there someone in your life that you have been letting slide by on checked that needs to hear your words of caution or rebuke?

Do you need to follow up and check to see if behaviors have changed?

Is there anything that you need God’s strength to address and deal with?


Doug Walquist