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And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:16 give it me now. The priests at the tabernacle were entitled to receive the breast and right thigh of the animal being sacrificed (Leviticus 7:34), but only after the fat had been burned on the altar (Leviticus 3:3, 5). Eli’s sons ignored both requirements.

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