When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.
Yet his sons did not follow in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
and said to him, "You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations."
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." Samuel prayed to the Lord,