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1 Samuel 8

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 1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he established his sons as judges over Israel.

 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abiah; they were judges in Beersheba.

 3 And his sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after money, took bribes, and perverted judgment.

 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together and came to Samuel at Ramah,

 5 And said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways, so 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 to the LORD.

 7 The LORD said to Samuel, "Do not listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, so that I would not reign over them.

 8  They have forsaken me and served other gods, according to all the works that they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day; and so they also do to you.

 9 Now therefore hear their request, however, you are to solemnly protest to them and show them the manner of a king that would reign over them."

 10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people that asked him for a king.

 11 And he said, "This will be the manner of the king that will reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

 12 He will appoint himself captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to plant his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

 13 He will take your daughters to be confectionaries, to be cooks, and to be bakers.

 14 He will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive yards, and then give them to his servants.

 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give them to his officer and to his servants.

 16 And he will take your menservants, your maidservants, your finest cattle, and your asses, to put them all to his work.

 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep; and you shall be his servants.

 18 And you shall cry out in that day because of your king that you shall have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not hear you in that day."

 19 Despite the Lord's protest, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No; nevertheless we desire to have a king over us;

 20 So that we also may be like all the other nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."

 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the ears of the LORD.

 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice, and make them a king." And Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Go, every man to his city."


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