1 Samuel 8:1-9

Israel Demands a King

1 And it came about when Samuel was old that 1he appointed his sons judges over Israel.
2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in 2Beersheba.
3 His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and 3took bribes and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at 4Ramah;
5 and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now 5appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."
6 But the thing was 6displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And 7Samuel prayed to the LORD.
7 The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for 8they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.
8 "Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day -in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods -so they are doing to you also.
9 "Now then, listen to their voice; 9however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of 10the procedure of the king who will reign over them."
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