1 Samuel 8
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1And it comes to pass, when Samuel [is] aged, that he makes his sons judges over Israel. 2And the name of his firstborn son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba: 3and his sons have not walked in his ways, and turn aside after the dishonest gain, and take a bribe, and turn aside judgment.

4And all [the] elderly of Israel gather themselves together, and come to Samuel at Ramath, 5and say to him, “Behold, you have become aged, and your sons have not walked in your ways; now, appoint a king to us, to judge us, like all the nations.” 6And the thing is evil in the eyes of Samuel when they have said, “Give a king to us, to judge us”; and Samuel prays to YHWH. 7And YHWH says to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people, to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from reigning over them. 8According to all the works that they have done from the day of My bringing them up out of Egypt, even to this day, when they forsake Me, and serve other gods—so they are also doing to you. 9And now, listen to their voice; only, surely you certainly protest to them, and have declared to them the custom of the king who reigns over them.”

10And Samuel speaks all the words of YHWH to the people who are asking [for] a king from him, 11and says, “This is the custom of the king who reigns over you: he takes your sons, and has appointed for himself among his chariots, and among his horsemen, and they have run before his chariots; 12also to appoint for himself heads of thousands, and heads of fifties; also to plow his plowing, and to reap his reaping; and to make instruments of his war, and instruments of his charioteer. 13And he takes your daughters for perfumers, and for cooks, and for bakers; 14and your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards—he takes the best, and has given to his servants. 15And he tithes your seed and your vineyards, and has given to his eunuchs, and to his servants. 16And your menservants and your maidservants, and the best of your young men and your donkeys, he takes, and has prepared for his own work; 17he tithes your flock, and you are for servants to him. 18And you have cried out in that day because of the king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and YHWH does not answer you in that day.”

19And the people refuse to listen to the voice of Samuel, and say, “No, but a king is over us, 20and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king has judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.” 21And Samuel hears all the words of the people, and speaks them in the ears of YHWH; 22and YHWH says to Samuel, “Listen to their voice, and you have caused a king to reign over them.” And Samuel says to the men of Israel, “Go, each man, to his city.”


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