Israel Demands a King

1 Samuel 8

1 Now it came to pass when Samuel was a old that he b made his c sons judges over Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 But his sons d did not walk in his ways; they turned aside e after dishonest gain, f took bribes, and perverted justice.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now g make us a king to judge us like all the nations." 6 But the thing h displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel i prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for j they have not rejected you, but k they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 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 - with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods - so they are doing to you also. 9 "Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and l show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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