1 Samuel 8:1-10 NIV

Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed1 his sons as judges for Israel.

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2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,2 and they served at Beersheba.3

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3 But his sons4 did not walk in his ways. They turned aside5 after dishonest gain and accepted bribes6 and perverted7 justice.

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4 So all the elders8 of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.9

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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."

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    • a 8:5 - Traditionally "judge"; also in verses 6 and 20
      6 But when they said, "Give us a king13 to lead us," this displeased14 Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.

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      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

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          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.

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          9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know19 what the king who will reign over them will do."

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          10 Samuel told20 all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.

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