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And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:18 judged Israel forty years. Eli is usually not included among the judges because he was primarily the chief priest at the time. However, he apparently served as judge as well, at least of that part of Israel.

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