But the people wouldn't listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We will have a king to rule us!
Then we'll be just like all the other nations. Our king will rule us and lead us and fight our battles."
Samuel took in what they said and rehearsed it with God.
God told Samuel, "Do what they say. Make them a king." Then Samuel dismissed the men of Israel: "Go home, each of you to your own city."