So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.
All the people said to Samuel, "Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of demanding a king for ourselves."
And Samuel said to the people, "Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart;
and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless.
For the Lord will not cast away his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
Only fear the Lord, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.
But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king."
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)