1 And the word of Shemuel came to all Yisrael. Now Yisrael went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.
2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Yisrael; and when they joined battle, Yisrael was smitten before the Philistines; and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.
3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Yisrael said, “Why hath יהוה smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of יהוה out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.”
4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), who dwelleth between the cherubims (keruvim); and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God (Elohim).
5 And when the ark of the covenant of יהוה came into the camp, all Yisrael shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews (Ivrim)? And they understood that the ark of יהוה was come into the camp.
7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God (Elohim) has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing happened before.
8 Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these great gods (elohim)? These are the gods (elohim) that smote the Egyptians (Mitsrayim) with all the plagues in the wilderness.
9 Be strong, and behave yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you be not servants unto the Hebrews (Ivrim), as they have been to you; behave yourselves like men, and fight!”
10 And the Philistines fought, and Yisrael was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent; and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Yisrael thirty thousand footmen.
11 And the ark of God (Elohim) was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.
12 And there ran a man of Benjamin (Binyamin) out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
13 And when he came, behold, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching; for his heart trembled for the ark of God (Elohim). And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.
14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, “What meaneth the noise of this tumult?” And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.
15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
16 And the man said unto Eli, “I am he that came out of the army, and I fled today out of the army.” And he said, “How did things go, my son?”
17 And the messenger answered and said, “Yisrael has fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God (Elohim) is taken.”
18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God (Elohim), that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke, and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Yisrael forty years.
19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas’s wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God (Elohim) was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, “Fear not; for you have born a son.” But she answered not, nor did she regard it.
21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Yisrael, because the ark of God (Elohim) was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.”
22 And she said, “The glory has departed from Yisrael; for the ark of God (Elohim) was taken.”