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Israel Demands a King
1 And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons as judges over Israel.2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.3 His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah5 and said to him, “Look, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint us a king to judge us [and rule over us] like all the other nations.”6 But their demand #Lit was evil in the eyes of.displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge and rule over us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.7 The 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.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 abandoned (rejected) Me and served other gods--so they are doing to you also.9 So now listen to their voice; only solemnly warn them and tell them the ways of the king who will reign over them.”
Warning concerning a King
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them for himself to his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots.12 He will appoint them for himself to be commanders over thousands and over fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his implements of war and equipment for his chariots.13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.14 He will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.16 He will take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves shall be his servants.18 Then you will cry out on that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you on that day [because you have rejected Him as King].”
19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us,20 so that we too may be like all the nations [around us], that our king may judge [and govern] us and go out before us and fight our battles.”21 Samuel had heard all the words of the people and repeated them #Lit in the Lords hearing.to the Lord.22 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their #Lit voice.request and appoint a king for them.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go, each man to his own city.”
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The People Ask for a King
1When Samuel grew old, he made his sons judges in Israel. 2The older son was named Joel and the younger one Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3But they did not follow their father's example; they were interested only in making money, so they accepted bribes and did not decide cases honestly.
4Then all the leaders of Israel met together, went to Samuel in Ramah, 5#Dt 17.14 and said to him, “Look, you are getting old and your sons don't follow your example. So then, appoint a king to rule over us, so that we will have a king, as other countries have.” 6Samuel was displeased with their request for a king; so he prayed to the Lord, 7and the Lord said, “Listen to everything the people say to you. You are not the one they have rejected; I am the one they have rejected as their king. 8Ever since I brought them out of Egypt, they have turned away from me and worshiped other gods; and now they are doing to you what they have always done to me. 9So then, listen to them, but give them strict warnings and explain how their kings will treat them.”
10Samuel told the people who were asking him for a king everything that the Lord had said to him. 11“This is how your king will treat you,” Samuel explained. “He will make soldiers of your sons; some of them will serve in his war chariots, others in his cavalry, and others will run before his chariots. 12He will make some of them officers in charge of a thousand men, and others in charge of fifty men. Your sons will have to plow his fields, harvest his crops, and make his weapons and the equipment for his chariots. 13Your daughters will have to make perfumes for him and work as his cooks and his bakers. 14He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his officials. 15He will take a tenth of your grain and of your grapes for his court officers and other officials. 16He will take your servants and your best cattle#8.16: One ancient translation cattle; Hebrew young men. and donkeys, and make them work for him. 17He will take a tenth of your flocks. And you yourselves will become his slaves. 18When that time comes, you will complain bitterly because of your king, whom you yourselves chose, but the Lord will not listen to your complaints.”
19The people paid no attention to Samuel, but said, “No! We want a king, 20so that we will be like other nations, with our own king to rule us and to lead us out to war and to fight our battles.” 21Samuel listened to everything they said and then went and told it to the Lord. 22The Lord answered, “Do what they want and give them a king.” Then Samuel told all the men of Israel to go back home.