1 Samuel 8:2-12 (Holman Christian Standard)

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2 His firstborn son's name was Joel and his second was Abijah.a They were judges in Beer-sheba. 3 However, his sons did not walk in his ways-they turned toward dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.b 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have."c 6 When they said, "Give us a king to judge us," Samuel considered their demand sinful, so he prayed to the Lord. 7 But the Lord told him, "Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have not rejected you; they have rejected Me as their king. 8 They are doing the same thing to you that they have done to Me,d since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning Me and worshiping other gods. 9 Listen to them, but you must solemnly warn them and tell them about the rights of the king who will rule over them." 10 Samuel told all the Lord's words to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, "These are the rights of the king who will rule over you: He can take your sons and put them to his use in his chariots, on his horses, or running in front of his chariots. 12 He can appoint them for his use as commanders of thousands or commanders of fifties, to plow his ground or reap his harvest, or to make his weapons of war or the equipment for his chariots.
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