1 Samuel 12:14-16

14 If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God—good!
15 But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.
16 “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!

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1 Samuel 12:14-16 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter Samuel, resigning the government to Saul, asserts the integrity with which he had performed his office, and calls upon the people of Israel to attest it, who did, 1Sa 12:1-5, he then reminds them of the great and good things the Lord had done for them in times past, 1Sa 12:6-11 and whereas they had desired a king, and one was given them, it was their interest to fear and serve the Lord; if not, his hand would be against them, 1Sa 12:10-15 he terrifies them by calling for thunder in an unusual time, 1Sa 12:16-19 and then comforts and encourages them, that in doing their duty God would be with them, and not forsake them, otherwise they might expect nothing but ruin and destruction, 1Sa 12:20-25.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Joshua 24:14
  • 2. Jeremiah 4:17; Lamentations 1:18
  • 3. ver 9; Leviticus 26:16; Joshua 24:20; Isaiah 1:20; Jeremiah 4:17; Jeremiah 26:4
  • 4. S Exodus 14:14
  • 5. S Exodus 14:13
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