New International Version
Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
King James Bible
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
Darby Bible Translation
that we also may be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and conduct our wars.
World English Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."
Young's Literal Translation
and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king hath judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.'
1 Samuel 8:20 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
May judge us - This appears to be a rejection of Samuel.
Go out before us - Be in every respect our head and governor.
And fight our battles - Be the general of our armies.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Library'Make us a King'
'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
1 Samuel 8:5
They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."
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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