1 Samuel 2:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:32, NIV: and 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.

1 Samuel 2:32, ESV: Then in distress you will look with envious eye on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed on Israel, and there shall not be an old man in your house forever.

1 Samuel 2:32, KJV: And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.

1 Samuel 2:32, NASB: And you will look at the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that I do for Israel; and there will never be an old man in your house.

1 Samuel 2:32, NLT: You will watch with envy as I pour out prosperity on the people of Israel. But no members of your family will ever live out their days.

1 Samuel 2:32, CSB: You will see distress in the place of worship, in spite of all that is good in Israel, and no one in your family will ever again reach old age.

What does 1 Samuel 2:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God's statement of impending on Eli continues. Eli's family will survive to see Israel blessed with prosperity at the same time his own line of descendants live in continual distress. Some commentators understand this verse to say that the sanctuary and those who serve in it will be distressed or diminished even as the rest of Israel grows strong and wealthy.

Why will Eli's descendants and the sanctuary, in general, suffer so much while Israel grows stronger? It will be because none of Eli's sons or grandsons or descendants will reach old age, bringing stability and continuity to the family or the sanctuary. Instead, every one of them will die young and the line of the family will shrivel up (1 Samuel 2:31).