1 Samuel 8:9

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."

1 Samuel 8:9 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 8:9

Now therefore hearken unto their voice
And appoint them a king as they desire:

howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto them;
not against the thing itself, which was permitted, but against the evil of their request, as to the unseasonable time, ill manner, and unjustifiable reason, in and for which it was made; the Lord would have Samuel lay before them their evil in requesting it, and the evils that would follow upon it to them, and faithfully represent them to them, that they might be left without excuse, and have none to blame but themselves when they, should come upon them:

and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them:
or the right or judgment F26; not a legal right or form of government, but an assumed, arbitrary, and despotic power, such as the kings of the east exercised over their subjects, a king like whom the Israelites desired to have; namely, what unbounded liberties he would take with them, what slaves he would make of them, and what of their property he would take to himself at pleasure, as is after related. The word signifies, not a divine law, according to which the king should govern, but a custom, or a custom he would introduce, as the word is rendered, ( 1 Samuel 2:13 ) and is different from that in ( 1 Samuel 10:25 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (Klmh jpvm) "jus regis", V. L. Tigurine version, Munster; "judicium regis", Vatablus, Drusius.

1 Samuel 8:9 In-Context

7 God answered Samuel, "Go ahead and do what they're asking. They are not rejecting you. They've 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.
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."
10 So Samuel told them, delivered God's warning to the people who were asking him to give them a king.
11 He said, "This is the way the kind of king you're talking about operates. He'll take your sons and make soldiers of them - chariotry, cavalry, infantry,