1 Samuel 12:22

22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

1 Samuel 12:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
ESV
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.
NLT
22 The LORD will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people.
MSG
22 There's nothing to them. They can't help you. They're nothing but ghost-gods! God, simply because of who he is, is not going to walk off and leave his people. God took delight in making you into his very own people.
CSB
22 The Lord will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has determined to make you His own people.

1 Samuel 12:22 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 12:22

For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's
sake.
] For the sake of himself, his honour and glory; should he forsake his people, and suffer them to come to ruin, his name would be blasphemed among the Heathens; he would be charged either with want of power to help them, or with want of faithfulness to his promise to them, and with inconstancy to himself, or want of kindness and affection for them; all which would reflect upon his honour and glory:

because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people;
it was not owing to any worth or worthiness in them that they became his people, but to his own sovereign good will and pleasure; and therefore, as it was nothing in them that was the cause of their being taken by him for his people, so nothing in them could be the cause of their being rejected by him as such; it was of free grace and favour that they were taken into covenant with him, and by the same would be retained: the Vulgate Latin version is,

``the Lord hath sworn to make you a people for himself;''

so Jarchi interprets it, he swore, and takes it to have the same sense as in ( 1 Samuel 14:24 ) .

1 Samuel 12:22 In-Context

20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.
21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.
22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.
23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.
24 But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 25:11; Psalms 106:8; Isaiah 48:9,11; Jeremiah 14:7; Daniel 9:19
  • 2. S Joshua 7:9; 2 Samuel 7:23; John 17:12
  • 3. S Leviticus 26:11; S Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Kings 6:13
  • 4. Deuteronomy 7:7; 1 Peter 2:9