But the glory left when Israel stopped repenting and trusting God and started superstitiously trusting in the ark itself. The messenger had a long way to go, the route was mostly uphill, and he carried very bad news. Kept in the most holy place of the tabernacle, the people never saw it. F18 Ben F. Philbeck writing in the Teacher's Bible Commentary summarizes the disaster recorded in this chapter thus: Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!”. a. Israel went out to battle against the Philistines: During this time there was no great world power (such as Egypt or Assyria) seeking to dominate the region. 4 And Samuel’s word came to all Israel. Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, to be delivered; and when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and gave birth, for her labor pains came upon her. Eli was rightly more concerned about the fate of the ark than the fate of his sons. They slew of the army in the field about four thousand men - This must have been a severe conflict, as four thousand were left dead on the field of battle. iii. 1 Samuel 4 Chapter 3 In the foregoing chapter we had Samuel a young priest, though by birth a Levite only, for he ministered before the Lord in a linen ephod; in this chapter we have him a young prophet, which was more, God in an extraordinary manner revealing himself to him, and in him reviving, if not commencing, prophecy in Israel. Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, due to be delivered; and when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and gave birth, for her labor pains came upon her. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Chapter Contents. The contest also must have lasted some considerable time, as these were all slain hand to hand; swords and spears being in all probability the only weapons then used. Canitiem terra, atque infuso pulvere foedans. Then the man said to Eli, “I am he who came from the battle. We don’t know who wrote the books; certainly, Samuel was a major contributor, but much of the book takes place after his death in 1 Samuel 25. : This was worse than just losing a battle. Pregnant, she heard of the death of her husband, her brother-in-law, her father-in-law, a slaughter among the soldiers of Israel, a lost battle, and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant all on one day. We may request cookies to be set on your device. “The glory of God had indeed departed, but not because the ark of God had been captured; the ark had been captured because the glory had already departed.” (Ellison). We, like them, often know God is greater and deserves our submission. (1-9) They bring it to Bethshemesh. IV. First, He allowed it as a righteous judgment upon Israel as a nation and the family of Eli. The earth shook: “Now, beloved, when you are worshipping God, shout if you are filled with holy gladness. God forbid that we should judge any man’s worship! 1 Samuel 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides notes on all 66 books of the Bible, and contain more than 7,000 pages of material Hi, Sign out (1-10) God tells Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. Auxilioque vocare Deos, et tendere palmas. i. Courage and persistence win many battles, even sometimes for the wrong side. Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. The Philistines were the first people in Canaan to process iron and they made the most of it. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the Ark of the Covenant of God. Chapter Contents. All Israel shouted - Had they humbled themselves, and prayed devoutly and fervently for success, they would have been heard and saved. Worried about the Philistines and their gods? No man ever died with such benevolent and religious feelings, and yet perished. Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. c. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines: The presence of the ark did not make the Philistines feel like giving up. The wife of Phinehas, hearing of the death of her husband, and father-in-law, and of the capture of the ark, is taken in untimely travail, beings forth a son, calls him I-chabod, and expires, 1 Samuel 4:19-22. Certainly, this would be considered a great church service, and many would think Israel really trusted God. The city was put into confusion, 1 Samuel 4:12,13. Canitiem immundo perfusam pulvere turpans. She tears with both her hands her purple vest. ii. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. i. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Ὑδατι τε λιαρῳ και αλειφατι· πολλα δε σ, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Julius Caesar having totally defeated Pharnaces, king of Pontus, wrote a letter to the Roman senate, which contained only these three words: -, Admiral Hawke having totally defeated the French fleet, in 1759, off the coast of Brittany, wrote as follows to King George II. 3. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. (10-22) Commentary on 1 Samuel 8:1-3 (Read 1 Samuel 8:1-3) It does not appear that Samuel's sons were so profane and vicious as Eli's sons; but … And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas. “Instead of attempting to get right with God, these Israelites set about devising superstitious means of securing the victory over their foes. The ark went in front of the marchers around the city of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-8). : Eli anxiously waited back at the tabernacle for news of the battle. “Never did time seem more hopeless than when Samuel arose. i. Instead, God was just beginning to show His glory. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What, ?” And the man came quickly and told Eli. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 4:4". "Let each deplore his dead: the rites of wo, O'er the congenial dust, enjoin'd to shear, The graceful curl, and drop the tender tear. First, the Philistines fought with the courage of desperate men. And his daughter-in-law - This is another very affecting story; the defeat of Israel, the capture of the ark, the death of her father-in-law, and the slaughter of her husband, were more than a woman in her circumstances, near the time of her delivery could bear. (10-11) The ark goes into battle and Israel is defeated worse than before. This was a difficult period for Israel. Woe to us! "Then unguents sweet, and tepid streams, we shed; Tears flow'd from every eye; and o'er the dead, Each clipp'd the curling honors of his head. 1. "To-morrow I shall attack the enemy; I shall defeat them, and terminate the business.". Second, the Israelites felt the battle would be easy with the ark of the Covenant there and did not try as hard. 2. there with the Ark of the Covenant of God. They looked to the ark to save them, not to the LORD. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. (1 Samuel 4:1), and it was at least 20 miles from Aphek to Shiloh. Purpueros moritura manu discindit amictus. We were not told in 1 Samuel 5 that the plague involved rats. We think if God is on our side, the work will be easy. Small numbers of Philistines were in the land at the time of Abraham, but they came in larger numbers soon after Israel came to Canaan from Egypt. We find the same custom expressed in one line by Catullus: -. the whole barbaric host is fallen. As it turned out, God did not feel obligated to bless the Israelites just because they took the ark into battle. Finally, though it seemed so terrible to man, was it all that terrible to God? Let us fetch the ark - They vainly supposed that the ark could save them, when the God of it had departed from them because of their wickedness. ii. The taking of the ark was a great judgment upon Israel, and a certain token of God's displeasure... View the entire commentary. A battle between Israel and the Philistines, in which the former are defeated, with the loss of four thousand men, 1 Samuel 4:1, 1 Samuel 4:2.They resolve to give the Philistines battle once more, and bring the ark of the Lord, with Hophni and Phinehas the priests, into the camp, 1 Samuel 4:3, 1 Samuel 4:4.They do so, and become vainly confident, 1 Samuel 4:5. Hophni and Phinehas were slain - They probably attempted to defend the ark, and lost their lives in the attempt. Finally, though it seemed so terrible to man, was it all that terrible to God? “Their idea was that God should be forced to fight for them. 2 The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield. God forbid that we should judge any man’s worship! : They regarded the ark as the ultimate “good luck charm” and believed they could not lose with it there. A Benjamite runs with the news to Eli; who, hearing of the capture of the ark, falls from his seat, and breaks his neck, 1 Samuel 4:12-18. The tidings of this brought to Shiloh, and the sad reception of those tidings. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. The Israelites overcome by the Philistines. I will give three examples, and have no doubt that the Benjamite in the text will be found to have greatly the advantage. (1-9) The ark taken. 1. The death of Eli. (12-18) Eli hears of the loss of the Ark of the Covenant of God and dies. i. Godless Philistines can teach us something. Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? was the representation of the throne of God in Israel. : The presence of the ark did not make the Philistines feel like giving up. To her, the loss was total, and she even lost the desire to live. “No sword of a Philistine could have slain him any more powerfully; neither can you say whether his neck or his heart were broken first.” (Trapp). I shall give his first speech, and leave the reader to compare the two accounts. Kept in the most holy place of the tabernacle, the people never saw it. In 1 Samuel 3:3 the ark was in Shiloh and Samuel lived there. Click on the different category headings to find out more. (4-9) The manner of a king. i. Bible > Commentaries > 1 Samuel 5:4 1 Samuel 5:4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the sound of this tumult mean?” And the man came quickly and told Eli. The ark of God was captured, but the God of the ark was still on the throne in heaven and guiding these circumstances for His glory. 1 Samuel 4:7. 1. the word of Samuel came to all Israel --The character of Samuel as a prophet was now fully established. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. God did not announce that Eli would also die the same day. Those he deforms with dust, and these with tears.". Philistines, was yet worse; for now they might expect the chains of their slavery to be strengthened and riveted more closely. The Persians, Indians, Greeks, Romans, Germans, Philistines, etc., did so. ", The whole is strongly expressed in the case of Achilles, when he heard of the death of his friend Patroclus: -, Ὡς φατο· τον δ ' αχεος νεφεος νεφελη εκαλυψε μελαιναπ, Αμφοτερῃσι δε χερσιν ἑλων κονιν αοθαλοεσσαν,π, Χευατο κακ κεφαλης, χαριεν δ ' ῃσχυνε προσωπον·π. with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. ; but we know not the principles on which they acted. They resolve to give the Philistines battle once more, and bring the ark of the Lord, with Hophni and Phinehas the priests, into the camp, 1 Samuel 4:3, 1 Samuel 4:4. iii. But for all the appearances, it was really. It is not unusual, even in Europe, and in the most civilized parts of it, to see grief expressed by tearing the hair, beating the breasts, and rending the garments; all these are natural signs, or expression of deep and excessive grief, and are common to all the nations of the world. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! a. Chapter 4. But the Philistines take the ark as a prey; Eli dies at this message and God punishes the Philistines for taking the ark (1 Samuel 5). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Instead, it made them feel they had to fight all the harder to overcome the odds. When the Trojan fleet was burnt, Aeneas is represented as tearing his robe from his shoulder, and invoking the aid of his gods: -. Some manuscript traditions (evident in the Septuagint) make it clear the Philistines started this conflict. Some is only seen in its fullness after it is fulfilled. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? She named the child I-chabod - The versions are various on the original words כבוד I-chabod; the Septuagint, ουαιβαρχαβωθ ouaibrachaboth ; the Syriac, yochobor ; the Arabic, yochabad . With the ark more than seven times as many men of Israel were killed. There fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers, : Not only did Israel lose, they lost far worse than they did, taking the ark into battle. All Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook, : Someone passing by Israel’s camp would think something tremendous was happening. It wasn’t the news of Israel’s loss in battle, or the slaughter of the army, or even the news of the death of his own sons that killed him. a. Israel was defeated: There were three reasons for this great defeat. Then she named the child Ichabod: For a Jewish woman, the birth of a son was wonderful news – but not for the wife of Phinehas on this day. : The priests who were supposed to supervise the ark were killed in the battle. Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see. The evil government of Samuel's sons. Faith is a still water, it flows deep. It may save us: The elders rightly sensed they needed God’s help to win the battle. Yet we often resist God as well, instead of submitting to Him. “The glory of God had indeed departed, but not because the ark of God had been captured; the ark had been captured because the glory had already departed.” (Ellison), ii. God is a Person, not a genie to be summoned at the will of man. But do not be so foolish as to suppose that because there is loud noise there must also be faith. Eli was rightly more concerned about the fate of the ark than the fate of his sons. i. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. These were some of the traditional signs of mourning. Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died, : Eli fell over and died at the news of the ark (. Yet, they did not submit to God, but simply determined to fight against Him all the more. Later, Saul brought the ark into battle (1 Samuel 14:18), as did David (2 Samuel 11:11). They looked to the ark to save them, not to the LORD. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! We know the plague involved tumors (1 Samuel 5:6, 9, 12). Nevertheless, the battle ended in disaster: Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and they camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped at Aphek. Dwelleth between the cherubims - Of what shape the cherubim were, we know not; but there was one of these representative figures placed at each end of the ark of the covenant; and between them, on the lid or cover of that ark, which was called the propitiatory or mercy-seat, the shechinah, or symbol of the Divine presence, was said to dwell. How could God allow something so terrible to happen? feel obligated to bless the Israelites just because they took the ark into battle. , but the God of the ark was still on the throne in heaven and guiding these circumstances for His glory. Looking at it this way, the glory had not departed at all. The Lord of hosts - See on 1 Samuel 1:3; (note). Yet, they did not submit to God, but simply determined to fight against Him all the more. They hoped it would give confidence that God was really with them. God tells us much in prophecy, but not everything. ISRAEL OVERCOME BY THE PHILISTINES. - This was the address to the whole army, and very forcible it was. (19-21) Commentary on 1 Samuel 6:1-9 (Read 1 Samuel 6:1 … This is a very eventful, interesting, and affecting chapter, and prepares the reader for those signal manifestations of God's power and providence by which the ark was restored, the priesthood re-established, an immaculate judge given to Israel, the Philistine yoke broken, and the people of the Most High caused once more to triumph. They knew it was unusual – even unheard of – for the Israelites to bring the ark into battle (, For such a thing has never happened before, ), and they knew the God of Israel defeated the Egyptians (, who struck the Egyptians with all the plagues. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. That may not be true at all. And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”. The messenger brought bad news, and he let his appearance reflect how bad the news was. ii. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. Nevertheless, the battle ended in disaster: Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men. Eli fainted away, fell, and broke his neck, 1 Samuel 4:14-18. ", Κατθεμεν εν λεχεεσσι καθηραντες χροα καλονπ, Ὑδατι τε λιαρῳ και αλειφατι· πολλα δε σ ' αμφιςπ. These mighty Gods - האדרים האלהים מיד miyad haelohim haaddirim, from the hand of these illustrious Gods. Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. And I fled today from the battle line.” And he said, “What happened, my son?” So the messenger answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. : This doesn’t mean the battle was initiated by Samuel. All the other versions, as well as the Hebrew text, have forty years. The Philistines Capture the Ark. You can check these in your browser security settings. The *Philistines return the *ark of God to *Israel. They knew that in former times their fathers had been beaten by their enemies, when they took not the ark with them to battle; as in the case of their wars with the Canaanites, Numbers 14:44, Numbers 14:45; and that they had conquered when they took this with them, as in the case of the destruction of Jericho, Joshua 6:4. departed in one sense. Some manuscript traditions (evident in the Septuagint) make it clear the Philistines started this conflict. Then a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. Israel made an idol of the ark and God often deals with our idolatry by taking the idol away. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battell, and … The Philistines consult how to send back the ark. "The prince then tore his robes in deep despair, Raised high his hands, and thus address'd his prayer. If He was not willing to do it for their sake, He would have to do it for His honour’s sake.” (Ellison). At that moment, did God wring His hands in heaven, worried about how things would turn out? 1 Samuel 5 Chapter 4 The predictions in the foregoing chapters concerning the ruin of Eli’s house here begin to be fulfilled; how long after does not appear, but … Samuel, Saul and David. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. It was hearing the Ark of the Covenant of God was captured. i. Godless Philistines can teach us something. Israel thought they could ignore the God of the ark and find deliverance in the ark of God. 2. He did so: the imperialists were totally defeated, Mantua surrendered, and the campaign for that year (1796) was concluded. God is come into the camp — Thus these ignorant idolaters termed the mere symbol of God’s presence God, imagining, no doubt, that the Israelites worshipped it. God promised the two sons of Eli would die on the same day as proof of His ultimate judgment on the house of Eli (1 Samuel 2:34). So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. (3-4) The elders of Israel respond with a superstitious trust in the ark. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines. Looking at it this way, the glory had not departed at all. Instead of giving up when things look bad we should trust the LORD and fight all the harder and decide we will. These mighty gods: Even though they did not understand much about God, the Philistines recognized the superiority of the God of Israel. 1. If they believed the God of Israel was greater than their gods, they should have submitted to Him. “Thus as God was no loser by this event, so the Philistines were no gainers by it; and Israel, all things considered, received more good than hurt by it, as we shall see.” (Poole), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. (1-4) The weakened condition of the house of Saul. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. The Philistines were an immigrant people from the military aristocracy of the island of Crete (Amos 9:7). The ark taken. 1 Samuel: Bible Study and Commentary. The messenger brought bad news, and he let his appearance reflect how bad the news was. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek. Now when he came, there was Eli, sitting on a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. To reflect her anguish and the national tragedy upon Israel she named the child Ichabod, meaning, “The glory has departed from Israel.”. ii. To reflect her anguish and the national tragedy upon Israel she named the child, But she did not answer, nor did she regard it. Israel was right to be sad at the loss of life and the ark on that day. 1 and 2 Samuel form one book in the ancient Hebrew manuscripts. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. With the ark more than seven times as … The glory of God had departed in one sense. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. But none of these give us much light on the subject. Κειρασθαι τε κομην, βαλεειν τ ' απο δακρυ παρειων. devoutly and fervently for success, they would have been heard and saved. All the noise and excitement meant nothing because it wasn’t grounded in God’s truth. 1 Samuel 4 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Christians need to show more of this courage. The elders wanted to take this representation of the throne of God out of the holy of holies (it could be moved when the tabernacle was to be moved), cover it, and bring it into battle with them. Commentaries for 1 Samuel Chapter 4 The Israelites overcome by the Philistines. God showed He was greater than the ark. A battle between Israel and the Philistines, in which the former are defeated, with the loss of four thousand men, 1 Samuel 4:1, 1 Samuel 4:2. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. Only the high priest entered and saw the ark, and only once a year. God is come into the camp - They took for granted, as did the Israelites, that his presence was inseparable from his ark or shrine. You can also change some of your preferences. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. If the shout comes from your heart, I would not ask you to restrain it. From the latter clause they took confidence; but the cause of their miscarriage in the former they laid not to heart. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Certainly, this would be considered a great church service, and many would think Israel really trusted God. It wasn’t the news of Israel’s loss in battle, or the slaughter of the army, or even the news of the death of his own sons that killed him. Some of the scripture-worthies drop out of the clouds, as it were, and their first appearance is in their full growth and lustre. The ark in the Philistine city of Ashdod. The next reference to the priestly descendants of Eli places them at Nob (1 Sam. Secondly, God allowed it as a correction to the nation, so they would not trust in the ark of God, instead of trusting in the God of the ark. Heroes and conquerors, ancient and modern, have been celebrated for comprising a vast deal of information in a few words. If they really believed their gods were greater than the God of Israel, they should not have been worried. He wouldn’t allow His arm to be twisted by the superstitions of the Israelites. But do not be so foolish as to suppose that because there is loud noise there must also be faith. 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