1 Samuel 8
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1And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.1When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
2Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.
3His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.3Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.
4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah
5and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."5and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And 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 they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.7And 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.
8"Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day-- in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods-- so they are doing to you also.8According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.
9"Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them."9Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
10So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.10So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him.
11He said, "This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots.11He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.
12"He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.12And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
13"He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14"He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants.14He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants.
15"He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants.15He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.
16"He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.16He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
17"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.17He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.
18"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."18And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
19Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us,19But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us,
20that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."20that we also may be like all the nations, and 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, he repeated them in the LORD'S hearing.21And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD.
22The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice and appoint them a king." So Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city."22And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”
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