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1 Samuel 8:1-10 (New International Version)

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Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed1 his sons as judges for Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,2 and they served at Beersheba.3 3 But his sons4 did not walk in his ways. They turned aside5 after dishonest gain and accepted bribes6 and perverted7 justice. 4 So all the elders8 of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.9 5 They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king10 to leada11 us, such as all the other nations12 have." 6 But when they said, "Give us a king13 to lead us," this displeased14 Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD told him: "Listen15 to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected,16 but they have rejected me as their king.17 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking18 me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know19 what the king who will reign over them will do." 10 Samuel told20 all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.
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