1 Samuel 4:12-18, 20-22
1 Samuel 4:12
Bad news is sure to find a messenger and a swift one, Alas, that the good news of the Gospel should so often remain untold.
1 Samuel 4:13, 14
Thus was fulfilled the prophecy that the judgments of the Lord on Eli’s sons should make many ears to tingle. Shiloh had been defiled with sin, and it therefore came to be defaced with sorrow.
1 Samuel 4:15-17
The venerable old priest, within two years of a century old, heard all the sad news with fortitude and patience till the last item was reached.
1 Samuel 4:18
His heart was broken and then his neck. He fell in a swoon of grief. No sword of the Philistines could have killed him more certainly than this terrible news that God’s ark was captured. Nothing so much affects good men as calamity to the Church, or…
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