34 " 'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you-they will both die on the same day.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Samuel 2:34

Commentary on 1 Samuel 2:27-36

(Read 1 Samuel 2:27-36)

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.