1 Samuel 12:18-25 NIV

18 Then Samuel called upon the LORD,1 and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe2 of the LORD and of Samuel.

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19 The people all said to Samuel, "Pray3 to the LORD your God for your servants so that we will not die,4 for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king."

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20 "Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil;5 yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

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21 Do not turn away after useless6 idols.7 They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.

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22 For the sake8 of his great name9 the LORD will not reject10 his people, because the LORD was pleased to make11 you his own.

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23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray12 for you. And I will teach13 you the way that is good and right.

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24 But be sure to fear14 the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart;15 consider16 what great17 things he has done for you.

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25 Yet if you persist18 in doing evil, both you and your king19 will be swept20 away."

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