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 1 Samuel 8
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   Book of 1 SamuelClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    8:1-22 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

Israel Demands a King

1 And it came about when Samuel was old that he R222 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 Beersheba. R223 3 His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took R224 bribes and perverted justice.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; R225 5 and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint R226 a king for us to judge us like all the nations." 6 But the thing was displeasing R227 F58 in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel R228 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 they R229 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; however, R230 you shall solemnly warn F59 them and tell them of the R231 procedure F60 of the king who will reign over them."

Warning concerning a King

10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the R232 people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, "This R233 will be the procedure F61 of the king who will reign over you: he R234 will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they R235 will run before his chariots. 12 "He R236 will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do F62 his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 "He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 "He R237 will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 "He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 "He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use F63 them for his work. 17 "He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 "Then you R238 will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the R239 LORD will not answer you in that day."

19 Nevertheless, the people refused R240 to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us, 20 that R241 we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles." 21 Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he R242 repeated them in the LORD'S hearing. 22 The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen R243 to their voice and appoint F64 them a king." So Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city."

F58: Or evil
F59: Lit testify to
F60: Lit custom
F61: Lit custom
F62: Lit plow his plowing
F63: Lit make
F64: Lit cause a king to reign for them

R222: Deuteronomy 16:18,19
R223: Genesis 22:19; 1 Kings 19:3; Amos 5:5
R224: Exodus 23:6,8; Deuteronomy 16:19
R225: 1 Samuel 7:17
R226: Deuteronomy 17:14,15
R227: 1 Samuel 12:17
R228: 1 Samuel 15:11
R229: Exodus 16:8; 1 Samuel 10:19
R230: Ezekiel 3:18
R231: 1 Samuel 8:11-18; 10:25
R232: 1 Samuel 8:4
R233: Deuteronomy 17:14-20; 1 Samuel 10:25
R234: 1 Samuel 14:52
R235: 2 Samuel 15:1
R236: Numbers 31:14; 1 Samuel 22:7
R237: 1 Kings 21:7; Ezekiel 46:18
R238: Isaiah 8:21
R239: Proverbs 1:25-28; Isaiah 1:15; Micah 3:4
R240: Isaiah 66:4; Jeremiah 44:16
R241: 1 Samuel 8:5
R242: Judges 11:11
R243: 1 Samuel 8:7


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