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Conversations on the Bible; Between a Mother and Her Children

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 Excerpt: ...the Levitical order, and the joyful parents returned home with the blessing of Eli on their exemplary piety. 180 RESIGNATION OF ELI. Catherine. Did the consecration of Samuel oblige hia parents to leave him at Shiloh, or did he return home until his age and education might qualify him for the service of the sanctuary? Mother. The sanctuary was his home from that hour, and Eli his preceptor. But his parents, who strictly observed the institutions of Moses, had an opportunity of seeing him, and bringing little presents to him when they came to the annual festivals. They had, moreover, the pleasure of seeing him improving in knowledge and virtue, from year to year--the dearest temporal blessing which heaven bestows on a parent, if, indeed, it be not a blessing more exalted than any thing of a temporal nature. Not such were the consolations of the aged priest. His sons, Phinehas and Hophni, priests of course, dishonoured their holy office, by their iniquitous and even sacrilegious proceedings. With the patience and the piety of a saint, he reproved them; but with the fond indulgence of a father, he neglected to use the authority of a magistrate to restrain or to punish them. The total destruction of his house, and the death of his two impious sons, in one day, was the awful punishment denounced by a messenger who was sent to testify the divine displeasure on his guilty negligence. Soon after, the same revelation was made to the young prophet, as he lay at night in an apartment adjacent to that of his guardian. Tidings so heart-rending, involving both himself and his children, could not be communicated voluntarily to Eli. But, as Eli knew that Samuel had been disturbed in the night by a vision, he besought him next morning, to hide nothing from him; and his char... Hide synopsis

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