1 Samuel 12

CHAPTER 12.

And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the  Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
bribe: Heb. ransom
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to blind…: or, that I should hide mine eyes at him
And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand. And he said unto them, The  Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

And Samuel said unto the people, It is the  Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
advanced: or, made
Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the  Lord of all the righteous acts of the  Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers.
righteous…: Heb. righteousnesses, or, benefits
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to: Heb. with
When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the  Lord, then the  Lord sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. And when they forgat the  Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 And they cried unto the  Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the  Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. 11 And the  Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe. 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the  Lord your God was your king. 13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the  Lord hath set a king over you. 14 If ye will fear the  Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the  Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the  Lord your God:
commandment: Heb. mouth
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continue…: Heb. be after
15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the  Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the  Lord, then shall the hand of the  Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the  Lord will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the  Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the  Lord, in asking you a king. 18 So Samuel called unto the  Lord; and the  Lord sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the  Lord and Samuel. 19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the  Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the  Lord, but serve the  Lord with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. 22 For the  Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the  Lord to make you his people. 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the  Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
in: Heb. from
24 Only fear the  Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
how…: or, what a great thing
25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.
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