And it came about whenSamuel was old that 1he appointed his sonsjudges over Israel.
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in 2Beersheba.
His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turnedasideafterdishonestgain and 3tookbribes and pervertedjustice.
Then all the elders of Israelgathered together and came to Samuel at 4Ramah;
and they said to him, "Behold, you have grownold, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now5appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."
But the thing was a6displeasing in the sight of Samuelwhen they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And 7Samuelprayed to the LORD.
The LORDsaid to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for 8they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from beingkingover them.
"Like all the deedswhich they have donesince the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to thisday -in that they have forsaken Me and servedothergods-so they are doing to you also.
9"Now then, listen to their voice; 9however, you shall solemnlybwarn them and tell them of 10the cprocedure of the kingwho will reignover them."
So Samuelspokeall the words of the LORD to 11the people who had asked of him a king.
He said, "12This will be the dprocedure of the kingwho will reignover you: 13he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and 14they will runbefore his chariots.
"15He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to edo his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
"He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.
"16He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olivegroves and give them to his servants.
"He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants.
"He will also take your maleservants and your femaleservants and your bestyoungmen and your donkeys and fuse them for his work.
"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.
"Then 17you will cry out in that daybecause of your kingwhom you have chosen for yourselves, but 18the LORD will not answer you in that day."
Nevertheless, the people19refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a kingover us,
2020that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
Now after Samuel had heardall the words of the people, 21he repeated them in the LORD'Shearing.
The LORDsaid to Samuel, "22Listen to their voice and gappoint them a king." So Samuelsaid to the men of Israel, "Goeveryman to his city."