1 Samuel 8

Israel Demands a King

1And it came about when Samuel was old that a  he appointed his sons judges over Israel. 2Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in b  Beersheba. 3His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and c  took bribes and perverted justice.

4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at d  Ramah; 5and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now e  appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” 6But the thing was
Or evil
g  displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And h  Samuel prayed to the  Lord.
7The  Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for i  they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 8Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this dayin that they have forsaken Me and served other godsso they are doing to you also. 9Now then, listen to their voice; j  however, you shall solemnly
Lit testify to
warn them and tell them of l  the
Lit custom
procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Warning concerning a King

10So Samuel spoke all the words of the  Lord to n  the people who had asked of him a king. 11He said o  This will be the
Lit custom
procedure of the king who will reign over you: q  he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and r  they will run before his chariots.
12 s  He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to
Lit plow his plowing
do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 u  He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and
Lit make
use them for his work.
17He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18“Then w  you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but x  the  Lord will not answer you in that day.”

19Nevertheless, the people y  refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 z  that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people aa  he repeated them in the  Lord’s hearing. 22The  Lord said to Samuel, ab  Listen to their voice and
Lit cause a king to reign for them
appoint them a king.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”
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