1 Samuel 12

Samuel's Farewell Address

1 Then Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to your voice in all that you have said to me, and I have set over you a king. 2 Now here is the king walking before you, and I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day. 3 Here I am. Bear witness against me before the LORD and before His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe and closed my eyes? [Tell me,]
Hebrew does not include Tell me; LXX Testify against me
and I will restore [it] to you.
4 “You have not wronged us or oppressed us,” they replied, “nor have you taken anything from the hand of man.” 5 Samuel said to them, “The LORD is a witness against you, and His anointed is a witness today, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is a witness,” they said. 6 Then Samuel said to the people, “The LORD is the One who
Hebrew; LXX The LORD is the witness who
appointed Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.
7 Now present yourselves, so I may confront you before the LORD with all the righteous acts He has done for you and your fathers. 8 When Jacob went to Egypt,
Hebrew; LXX adds and the Egyptians oppressed them
your fathers cried out to the LORD, and He sent them Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
9 But they forgot the LORD their God, and He sold them into the hand of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor,
LXX the army of Jabin king of Hazor
and into the hands of the Philistines and the king of Moab, who fought against them.
10 Then they cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have forsaken the LORD and served the Baals and Ashtoreths. Now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’ 11 So the LORD sent Jerubbaal,
Hebrew Jerubbaal, another name for Gideon (see Judges 6:32)
. . . Barak,
LXX, Syriac; Hebrew Bedan
. . . Jephthah, and Samuel,
LXX and Syriac Samson
and delivered you from the hands of your enemies on every side, and you lived securely.
12 But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we must have a king to rule over us’— even though the LORD your God is your king. 13 Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you requested. Behold, the king [whom] the LORD has placed over you. 14 If you fear the LORD and serve Him and obey His voice, and if you do not rebel against the command of the LORD, and if both you and the king who rules over you follow the LORD your God, [then all will be well] .
then all will be well is implied, but not included in the Hebrew
15 But if you disobey the LORD and rebel against His command, then the hand of the LORD will be against you as [it was] against your fathers.
Hebrew; LXX against your king
16 Now, therefore, stand and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call on the LORD to send thunder and rain, so that you will know and see what a great evil you have committed in the sight of the LORD by asking for a king.” 18 So Samuel called to the LORD, and on that day the LORD sent thunder and rain. As a result, all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. 19 They pleaded with Samuel, “Pray to the LORD your God for your servants, so we will not die! For we have added to all our sins the evil of asking for a king.” 20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “Even though you have committed all this evil, do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 Do not turn aside after worthless things that cannot profit [you] or deliver [you] , for they [are] empty. 22 Indeed, for the sake of His great name the LORD will not abandon His people, because [He] was pleased to make you His [own] . 23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. And I will continue to teach you the good and right way. 24 Above all, fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. 25 But if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”
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