1 Samuel 12

Samuel Addresses Israel

1Then Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold a  I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I b  have
Lit made
appointed a king over you.
2Now, d  here is the king walking before you, but e  I am old and gray, and behold f  my sons are with you. And g  I have walked before you from my youth even to this day. 3Here I am; bear witness against me before the  Lord and h  His anointed. i  Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or j  from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.” 4They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.” 5He said to them, “The  Lord is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day that k  you have found nothing l  in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”

6Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the  Lord who
Lit made
n  appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.
7So now, take your stand, o  that I may plead with you before the  Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the  Lord which He did for you and your fathers. 8 p  When Jacob went into Egypt and q  your fathers cried out to the  Lord, then r  the  Lord sent Moses and Aaron
Lit and they brought
t  who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
9“But u  they forgot the  Lord their God, so v  He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and w  into the hand of the Philistines and x  into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 y  They cried out to the  Lord and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the  Lord and have served z  the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but aa  now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’ 11“Then the  Lord sent ab  Jerubbaal and
Gr and Syr read Barak
ad  Bedan and ae  Jephthah and af  Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.

The King Confirmed

12When you saw ag  that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘ ah  No, but a king shall reign over us,’ ai  although the  Lord your God was your king. 13Now therefore, aj  here is the king whom you have chosen, ak  whom you have asked for, and behold, the  Lord has set a king over you. 14 al  If you will fear the  Lord and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the  Lord your God.
15 an  If you will not listen to the voice of the  Lord, but rebel against the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord, then ap  the hand of the  Lord will be against you, aq  as it was against your fathers.
16Even now, ar  take your stand and see this great thing which the  Lord will do before your eyes. 17 as  Is it not the wheat harvest today? at  I will call to the  Lord, that He may send
Lit sounds
thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that av  your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the  Lord by asking for yourselves a king.”
18So Samuel called to the  Lord, and the  Lord sent
Lit sounds
thunder and rain that day; and ax  all the people greatly feared the  Lord and Samuel.

19Then all the people said to Samuel ay  Pray for your servants to the  Lord your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins az  this evil by asking for ourselves a king.” 20Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet ba  do not turn aside from following the  Lord, but serve the  Lord with all your heart. 21You must not turn aside, for then you would go after bb  futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 22“For bc  the  Lord will not abandon His people bd  on account of His great name, because the  Lord be  has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. 23Moreover, as for me, bf  far be it from me that I should sin against the  Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but bg  I will instruct you in the good and right way. 24 bh  Only
Or reverence
fear the  Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider bj  what great things He has done for you.
25 bk  But if you still do wickedly bl  both you and your king bm  will be swept away.”
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