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1 Samuel 8 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. 1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.
2 The name of his first-born son was Jo'el, and the name of his second, Abi'jah; they were judges in Beer-sheba. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
3 Yet his sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice. 3 But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 and said to him, "Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations." 5 They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to govern us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD. 6 But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.
7 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 7 And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
8 According to all the deeds which they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.
9 Now then, hearken to their voice; only, you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them." 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."
10 So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking a king from him. 10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.
11 He said, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12 and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.
16 He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle and your asses, and put them to his work. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.
17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the LORD will not answer you in that day." 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No! but we will have a king over us, 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us.
20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles." 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
21 And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD. 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD.
22 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken to their voice, and make them a king." Samuel then said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city." 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king." Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Everyone go back to his town."