New Defender's Study Bible Notes
3:12 concerning his house. God had told Eli that he and his sons had forfeited their right to the priest’s office (I Samuel 2:30-33). Hophni, Phinehas, and Eli all died the same day (I Samuel 4:11, 18). Later, Saul slew Ahimelech, grandson of Phinehas, who had continued to serve as priest (I Samuel 22:16-20), but his son Abiathar escaped and served as priest under David. Abiathar was in turn deposed by Solomon (I Kings 2:26-27), finally completing the prophecy. Thereafter Zadok and his descendants held the priests’ office.