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Unread 03-11-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
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Hmm I did a quick google search and narrowed in on 1 Samuel 2:27-36.
To copy a piece of those verses here:

30Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

31Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.

It seems the promise was not made directly to Eli but to his ancestors.

I suppose I may be able to answer my own question with regard to Eli in that like with Jeconiah that branch of the offpsring lose the right but since there are other branches the original promise can remain. Granted that works for Eli but not so much for Saul.

It seems as though the promises are conditional and if there are no longer any people of the line who can properly meet those conditions then the promise is completely done and the mind can be changed.
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