When Samuel got to be an old man, he set his sons up as judges in Israel.
His firstborn son was named Joel, the name of his second, Abijah. They were assigned duty in Beersheba.
But his sons didn't take after him; they were out for what they could get for themselves, taking bribes, corrupting justice.
Fed up, all the elders of Israel got together and confronted Samuel at Ramah.
They presented their case: "Look, you're an old man, and your sons aren't following in your footsteps. Here's what we want you to do: Appoint a king to rule us, just like everybody else."
When Samuel heard their demand - "Give us a king to rule us!" - he was crushed. How awful! Samuel prayed to God.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)