1 Samuel 8:1

Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a]

1 Samuel 8:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
ESV
1 When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
NLT
1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.
MSG
1 When Samuel got to be an old man, he set his sons up as judges in Israel.
CSB
1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel.

1 Samuel 8:1 In-Context

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.
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 did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Deuteronomy 16:18-19

Footnotes 1

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