pugilist or client, one of the two sons of Eli, the high priest (1 Sam. 1:3; 2:34), who, because he was "very old," resigned to them the active duties of his office. By their scandalous conduct they brought down a curse on their father's house (2:22, 12-27, 27-36; 3:11-14). For their wickedness they were called "sons of Belial," i.e., worthless men (2:12). They both perished in the disastrous battle with the Philistines at Aphek (4:11). (See PHINEHAS.)
hophni and Phinehas, his sons, accompanied the sacred ark, which was welcomed by the army with shouts of joy.
The occasion was this: Eli, the high priest, had two sons, hophni and Phineas.
The young men themselves, hophni and Phinehas, would die the same day.
There was shameful sin in their midst—the vile conduct of hophni and Phinehas.
Then their spiritual guides were the wicked hophni and Phinehas; now their guide was holy Samuel.
The ark is taken, hophni and Phinehas are slain, and there fall of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
hophni and Phinehas seem to have gone on sinning as before, and heedless of the scandal they were causing.
The evil example of hophni and Phinehas, so far from corrupting him, seems to have made him more resolute the other way.