"When you saw5that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammoncameagainst you, you said to me, '6No, but a king shall reignover us,' 7although the LORD your God was your king.
13"Now therefore, 8here is the kingwhom you have chosen, 9whom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a kingover you.
"10If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebelagainst the bcommand of the LORD, then both you and also the kingwhoreignsover you will follow the LORD your God.
"11If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebelagainst the ccommand of the LORD, then 12the hand of the LORD will be against you, 13as it was against your fathers.
16"Evennow, 14take your stand and seethisgreatthingwhich the LORD will do before your eyes.
"15Is it not the wheatharvesttoday? 16I will call to the LORD, that He may senddthunder and rain. Then you will know and see that 17your 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 LORDsentethunder and rain that day; and 18all the peoplegreatlyfeared the LORD and Samuel.
Then all the peoplesaid to Samuel, "19Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins20this evil by asking for ourselves a king."
20Samuelsaid to the people, "Do not fear. You have committedallthisevil, yet21do not turnaside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.
"You must not turnaside, for then you would go after22futilethingswhich can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.