Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.a
References for 1 Samuel 8:1
    • v 8:1 - Traditionally "judges"
      2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
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      3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
      4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
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      5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to leadb us, such as all the other nations have.”
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        • w 8:5 - Traditionally "judge" ; also in verses 6 and 20
          6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.
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