"Eli's sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the Lord."
"This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord's sight, for they were treating the Lord's offering with contempt."
"Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of meeting. So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons, it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the Lord's people. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him, but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?"
"His sons, however, did not listen to the father's rebuke, for it was the Lord will to put them to death."
"And the boy Samuel [now serving under Eli, even as he watched the demise of his owns sons] continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men."
Listen to the Lord … accept his love … his yoke is easy, his burden light.