1 Samuel 12:1-11

Samuel Addresses Israel

1 Then Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, 1I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I 2have appointed a king over you.
2 "Now, 3here is the king walking before you, but 4I am old and gray, and behold 5my sons are with you. And 6I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.
3 "Here I am; bear witness against me before the LORD and 7His anointed. 8Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or 9from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you."
4 They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand."
5 He said to them, "The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day that 10you have found nothing * 11in my hand." And they said, "He is witness."
6 Then Samuel said to the people, "It is the LORD who 12appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.
7 "So now, take your stand, 13that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.
8 "14When Jacob went into Egypt and 15your fathers cried out to the LORD, then 16the LORD sent Moses and Aaron 17who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
9 "But 18they forgot the LORD their God, so 19He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and 20into the hand of the Philistines and 21into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
10 "22They cried out to the LORD and said, 'We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served 23the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but 24now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.'
11 "Then the LORD sent 25Jerubbaal and 26Bedan and 27Jephthah and 28Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all * around, so that you lived in security.
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