New International Version
When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel's leaders.
King James Bible
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
World English Bible
It happened, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, when Samuel is aged, that he maketh his sons judges over Israel.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When Samuel was old - Supposed to be about sixty.
He made his sons judges - He appointed them as his lieutenants to superintend certain affairs in Beer-sheba, which he could not conveniently attend to himself. But they were never judges in the proper sense of the word; Samuel was the last judge in Israel, and he judged it to the day of his death. See 1 Samuel 7:16.
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'Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel, onto Ramah, 5. And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. 7. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
1 Samuel 12:2
Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.
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