When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. (1 Samuel 8:1)
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. (1 Samuel 8:2)
But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. (1 Samuel 8:3)
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. (1 Samuel 8:4)
They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (1 Samuel 8:5)
But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. (1 Samuel 8:6)
And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. (1 Samuel 8:7)
As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. (1 Samuel 8:8)
Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do." (1 Samuel 8:9)
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