Then Samuelsaid to allIsrael, "Behold, 1I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I 2have aappointed a kingover you.
2"Now, 3here is the kingwalkingbefore you, but 4I amold and gray, and behold5my sons are with you. And 6I have walkedbefore you from my youtheven to thisday.
3"Here I am; bearwitness against me before the LORD and 7His anointed. 8Whoseox have I taken, or whosedonkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or 9from whosehand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you."
They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or takenanything from anyman'shand."
He said to them, "The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witnessthisday that 10you have foundnothing11in my hand." And they said, "He is witness."
Then Samuelsaid to the people, "It is the LORDwhob12appointedMoses and Aaron and whobrought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.
"So now, take your stand, 13that I may plead with you before the LORDconcerningall the righteousacts of the LORDwhich He did for you and your fathers.
"14WhenJacobwent into Egypt and 15your fatherscried out to the LORD, then 16the LORDsentMoses and Aaronc17who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in thisplace.
"But 18they forgot the LORD their God, so 19He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and 20into the hand of the Philistines and 21into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
"22They cried out to the LORD and said, 'We have sinnedbecause we have forsaken the LORD and have served23the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but 24nowdeliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.'
"Then the LORDsent25Jerubbaal and d26Bedan and 27Jephthah and 28Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemiesallaround, so that you lived in security.
"When you saw29that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammoncameagainst you, you said to me, '30No, but a king shall reignover us,' 31although the LORD your God was your king.
13"Now therefore, 32here is the kingwhom you have chosen, 33whom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a kingover you.
"34If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebelagainst the ecommand of the LORD, then both you and also the kingwhoreignsover you will follow the LORD your God.
"35If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebelagainst the fcommand of the LORD, then 36the hand of the LORD will be against you, 37as it was against your fathers.
16"Evennow, 38take your stand and seethisgreatthingwhich the LORD will do before your eyes.
"39Is it not the wheatharvesttoday? 40I will call to the LORD, that He may sendgthunder and rain. Then you will know and see that 41your wickedness is greatwhich you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king."
So Samuelcalled to the LORD, and the LORDsenththunder and rain that day; and 42all the peoplegreatlyfeared the LORD and Samuel.
Then all the peoplesaid to Samuel, "43Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins44this evil by asking for ourselves a king."
20Samuelsaid to the people, "Do not fear. You have committedallthisevil, yet45do not turnaside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.
"You must not turnaside, for then you would go after46futilethingswhich can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.
"For 47the LORD will not abandon His people48on account of His greatname, because the LORD49has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
23"Moreover, as for me, 50far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but 51I will instruct you in the good and rightway.
"52Onlyifear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider53whatgreatthings He has done for you.
"54But if you stilldowickedly, 55both you and your king56will be sweptaway."