scandalous deportment of the sons of Eli.
I Samuel 2:12-22
Now the sons
of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. And the
priest's custom with the people was, that, when any man offered
sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was
in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;
And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot;
all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself.
So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came,
and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for
the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but
raw. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn
the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth;
then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now:
and if not, I will take it by force. Wherefore the sin of
the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred
the offering of the Lord... ...Now Eli was very old, and heard
all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with
the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of
the congregation. (KJV)
de la Bible (1728)
Illustrated by Gerard
Hoet (1648-1733), and others.