1 Samuel 8:1-10 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Samuel got to be an old man, he set his sons up as judges in Israel. 1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.
2 His firstborn son was named Joel, the name of his second, Abijah. They were assigned duty in Beersheba. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
3 But his sons didn't take after him; they were out for what they could get for themselves, taking bribes, corrupting justice. 3 But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 Fed up, all the elders of Israel got together and confronted Samuel at Ramah. 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 They presented their case: "Look, you're an old man, and your sons aren't following in your footsteps. Here's what we want you to do: Appoint a king to rule us, just like everybody else." 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 When Samuel heard their demand - "Give us a king to rule us!" - he was crushed. How awful! Samuel prayed to God. 6 But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.
7 God answered Samuel, "Go ahead and do what they're asking. They are not rejecting you. They've rejected me as their King. 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 From the day I brought them out of Egypt until this very day they've been behaving like this, leaving me for other gods. And now they're doing it 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 So let them have their own way. But warn them of what they're in for. Tell them the way kings operate, just what they're likely to get from a king." 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 them, delivered God's warning to the people who were asking him to give them a king. 10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.