1 Samuel 2:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:35, NIV: I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.

1 Samuel 2:35, ESV: And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.

1 Samuel 2:35, KJV: And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

1 Samuel 2:35, NASB: But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always.

1 Samuel 2:35, NLT: 'Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire. I will establish his family, and they will be priests to my anointed kings forever.

1 Samuel 2:35, CSB: " 'Then I will raise up a faithful priest for myself. He will do whatever is in my heart and mind. I will establish a lasting dynasty for him, and he will walk before my anointed one for all time.

What does 1 Samuel 2:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Lord, through an unnamed prophet, has revealed a dire prediction to Eli, the priest over Israel. This involves judgment to soon fall on him and his descendants. Nobody in his line will live to be an old man and many of them will die violent deaths (1 Samuel 2:32–33), starting with the deaths of Eli's rebellious sons on the same day (1 Samuel 2:34).

However, the Lord will raise up a faithful priest. This priest will be unlike Eli: he will do what is in the Lord's heart and mind. This statement is meant as a contrast to Eli and his sons, who were not faithful and did not carry out the intent of God's will for the people bringing their offerings to sacrifice.

This faithful priest is most likely a reference to Zadok, a descendant of Aaron through Eleazar. He will be made priest of Israel by King David (2 Samuel 15:24–37; 1 Kings 2:35). God promises that this priest's role will be secure, just as the Lord had declared about the descendants of Aaron (1 Samuel 2:30). The Lord's anointed one is a reference to the king over Israel, beginning with David but ending and remaining forever with David's descendant, Jesus.