Israel is defeated in battle by Philistia; the ark is captured; Hophni and Phineas are killed and Eliza dies.
– How did the Israelites view the Ark of the Covenant? What does that say about where their trust truly lay?
– The Israelites’ misplaced trust also shows their blindness to the real cause of their defeat.
– “Ichabod” means “where is the honor?” or “no glory,” (v. 21)