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1 Samuel 8
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By occasion of the ill government of Samuel's sons, the Israelites ask a king.
8:1 It happened, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba.
8:3 His sons didnít walk in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah;
8:5 and they said to him,"Behold, you are old, and your sons donít walk in your ways:
now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."
Samuel praying in grief, is comforted by God.
8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said,"Give us a king to judge us."Samuel prayed to Yahweh.
8:7 Yahweh said to Samuel,"Listen to the voice of the people in all that they tell you;
for they have not rejected you,
but they have rejected me,
that I should not be king over them.
8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, in that they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also to you.
8:9 Now therefore listen to their voice: however you shall protest solemnly to them, and shall show them the manner of the king who shall reign over them."
He tells the manner of a king.
8:10 Samuel told all the words of Yahweh to the people who asked of him a king.
8:11 He said,"This will be the manner of the king who shall reign over you:
he will take your sons, and appoint them to him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen;
and they shall run before his chariots;
8:12 and he will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties;
and he will set some to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest,
and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots.
8:13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
8:14 He will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive groves,
even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
8:15 He will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards,
and give to his officers, and to his servants.
8:16 He will take your male servants, and your female servants,
and your best young men, and your donkeys,
and put them to his work.
8:17 He will take the tenth of your flocks: and you shall be his servants.
8:18 You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen you;
and Yahweh will not answer you in that day."
God wills Samuel to yield unto the importunity of the people.
8:19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said,"No; but we will have a king over us,8:21 Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of Yahweh.
8:20 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."
8:22 Yahweh said to Samuel,"Listen to their voice, and make them a king."Samuel said to the men of Israel,"Every man go to his city."