Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to you in all that you have said to me, and have set a king over you.
See, it is the king who leads you now; I am old and gray, but my sons are with you. I have led you from my youth until this day.
Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me a and I will restore it to you."
They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from the hand of anyone."
He said to them, "The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." And they said, "He is witness."
Samuel said to the people, "The Lord is witness, who b appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of the land of Egypt.
Now therefore take your stand, so that I may enter into judgment with you before the Lord, and I will declare to you c all the saving deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your ancestors.
When Jacob went into Egypt and the Egyptians oppressed them, d then your ancestors cried to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your ancestors out of Egypt, and settled them in this place.
But they forgot the Lord their God; and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of King Jabin of e Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them.
Then they cried to the Lord, and said, "We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served the Baals and the Astartes; but now rescue us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.'
And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak, f and Jephthah, and Samson, g and rescued you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you lived in safety.
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