13 When he came, behold, (A)Eli was sitting on his seat [a]by the road eagerly watching, because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. So the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out. 14 When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.

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  1. 1 Samuel 4:13 Gr version reads beside the gate watching the road

16 The man said to Eli, “I am the one who came from the battle line. Indeed, I escaped from the battle line today.” And he said, “(A)How did things go, my son?”

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