1 Samuel 12:12
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English Standard Version
And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the LORD your God was your king.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
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 Jehovah your God was your king.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But seeing that Naas king of the children of Ammon was come against you, you said to me: Nay, but a king shall reign over us: whereas the Lord your God was your king.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said to me, No; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But in order to bring the people to a still more thorough acknowledgment of their sin, Samuel strengthened still more their assent to his solemn appeal to God, as expressed in the words "He is witness," by saying, "Jehovah (i.e., yea, the witness is Jehovah), who made Moses and Aaron, and brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt." The context itself is sufficient to show that the expression "is witness" is understood; and there is no reason, therefore, to assume that the word has dropped out of the text through a copyist's error. עשׂה, to make, in a moral and historical sense, i.e., to make a person what he is to be; it has no connection, therefore, with his physical birth, but simply relates to his introduction upon the stage of history, like ποιεῖν, Hebrews 3:2. But if Jehovah, who redeemed Israel out of Egypt by the hands of Moses and Aaron, and exalted it into His own nation, was witness of the unselfishness and impartiality of Samuel's conduct in his office of judge, then Israel had grievously sinned by demanding a king. In the person of Samuel they had rejected Jehovah their God, who had given them their rulers (see 1 Samuel 8:7). Samuel proves this still further to the people from the following history.

1 Samuel 12:12 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Nahash

1 Samuel 11:1,2 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, Make a covenant with us...

Nay

1 Samuel 8:3,5,6,19,20 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment...

Judges 9:18,56,57 And you are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, three score and ten persons, on one stone...

when the Lord

1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you: for they have not rejected you...

1 Samuel 10:19 And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations...

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant...

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people...

Numbers 23:21 He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him...

Judges 8:23 And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

Psalm 74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the middle of the earth.

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Hosea 13:10 I will be your king: where is any other that may save you in all your cities? and your judges of whom you said...

Cross References
Judges 8:23
Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you."

1 Samuel 8:6
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

1 Samuel 8:7
And the LORD said to Samuel, "Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

1 Samuel 8:19
But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, "No! But there shall be a king over us,

1 Samuel 10:19
But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, 'Set a king over us.' Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your thousands."

1 Samuel 11:1
Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you."

1 Samuel 11:2
But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I gouge out all your right eyes, and thus bring disgrace on all Israel."

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