"Now stand here and see the great thing the LORD is about to do.
You know that it does not rain at this time of the year during the wheat harvest. I will ask the LORD to send thunder and rain today. Then you will realize how wicked you have been in asking the LORD for a king!"
So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain. And all the people were terrified of the LORD and of Samuel.
"Pray to the LORD your God for us, or we will die!" they cried out to Samuel. "For now we have added to our sins by asking for a king."
"Don't be afraid," Samuel reassured them. "You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the LORD with all your heart and that you don't turn your back on him in any way.
Don't go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you -- they really are useless!
The LORD will not abandon his chosen people, for that would dishonor his great name. He made you a special nation for himself.
"As for me, I will certainly not sin against the LORD by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right.
But be sure to fear the LORD and sincerely worship him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you.
But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be destroyed."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)