12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord 13or for the duties of the priests to the people. When anyone offered sacrifice, the priests servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, 14and he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself.* This is what they did at Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15Moreover, before the fat was burned, the priests servant would come and say to the one who was sacrificing, Give meat for the priest to roast; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but only raw. 16And if the man said to him, Let them burn the fat first, and then take whatever you wish, he would say, No, you must give it now; if not, I will take it by force. 17Thus the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of the Lord; for they treated the offerings of the Lord with contempt.
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