And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
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George Leo Haydock
Days, the three great festivals. His family accompanied him, though the law only lays an express injunction upon the males to attend. We find, however, that females did not neglect to come. (Calmet)
Hosts. Hebrew (Tsebaoth) of "armies "both of angels and of Israel. God is attended by myriads of angels, and decides the fate of armies. (Haydock)
This title has not appeared in the former books. The pagans took occasion from it to form their Jupiter Sabazius. (Calmet)
Elcana might go up from the height of Ramatha to Silo, which was the highest mountain round Jerusalem of all in the holy land. (Adrichom.) (Tirinus)