All will go well with you if you honor the Lord your God, serve him, listen to him, and obey his commands, and if you and your king follow him.
But if you do not listen to the Lord but disobey his commands, he will be against you and your king.
So then, stand where you are, and you will see the great thing which the Lord is going to do.
It's the dry season, isn't it? But I will pray, and the Lord will send thunder and rain. When this happens, you will realize that you committed a great sin against the Lord when you asked him for a king."
So Samuel prayed, and on that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. Then all the people became afraid of the Lord and of Samuel,
and they said to Samuel, "Please, sir, pray to the Lord your God for us, so that we won't die. We now realize that, besides all our other sins, we have sinned by asking for a king."
"Don't be afraid," Samuel answered. "Even though you have done such an evil thing, do not turn away from the Lord, but serve him with all your heart.
Don't go after false gods; they cannot help you or save you, for they are not real.
The Lord has made a solemn promise, and he will not abandon you, for he has decided to make you his own people.
As for me, the Lord forbid that I should sin against him by no longer praying for you. Instead, I will teach you what is good and right for you to do.
Obey the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Remember the great things he has done for you.