Bible Verse Explanations and Resources


1 Samuel 2:30

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

Should walk before me for ever - See Exodus 29:9; Exodus 40:15; Numbers 25:10-13, where it is positively promised that the priesthood should be continued in the family of Aaron For Ever. But although this promise appears to be absolute, yet we plainly see that, like all other apparently absolute promises of God, it is conditional, i.e., a condition is implied though not expressed.

But now - be it far from me - You have walked unworthily; I shall annul my promise, and reverse my ordinance. See Jeremiah 18:9, Jeremiah 18:10.

For them that honor me - This is a plan from which God will never depart; this can have no alteration; every promise is made in reference to it; "they who honor God shall be honored; they who despise him shall be lightly esteemed."

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

Be it far from me - The phrase so rendered is a favorite one in the Books of Samuel, where it occurs ten or eleven times. It is variously rendered in the King James Version, “God forbid,” and “Be it far from me, thee, etc.” Literally, “Be it an abomination to me.”

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
Those who allow their children in any evil way, and do not use their authority to restrain and punish them, in effect honour them more than God. Let Eli's example excite parents earnestly to strive against the beginnings of wickedness, and to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In the midst of the sentence against the house of Eli, mercy is promised to Israel. God's work shall never fall to the ground for want of hands to carry it on. Christ is that merciful and faithful High Priest, whom God raised up when the Levitical priesthood was thrown off, who in all things did his Father's mind, and for whom God will build a sure house, build it on a rock, so that hell cannot prevail against it.
Ellen G. White
Patriarchs and Prophets, 575-80
Ellen G. White
Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, 103-4
Ellen G. White
Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, 166
Ellen G. White
Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, 199-200
Ellen G. White
Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, 516-7
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