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1 Samuel 8

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Israelites Disregard Samuel's Warning and Demand a King

When Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel. +
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba. +
His sons didn't walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. +
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together and came to Samuel to Ramah. +
They said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons don't walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." +
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, "Give us a king to judge us."Samuel prayed to The LORD. +
The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they tell you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me as the king over them. +
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, in that they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so they also do to you. +
Now therefore listen to their voice. However you shall protest solemnly to them, and shall show them the way of the king who will reign over them." +
Samuel told all The LORD's words to the people who asked him for a king. +
He said, "This will be the way of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them as his servants, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they will run before his chariots. +
He will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and he will assign some to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots. +
He will take your daughters to be perfumers, to be cooks, and to be bakers. +
He will take your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, even their best, and give them to his servants. +
He will take one tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give it to his officers, and to his servants. +
He will take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys, and assign them to his own work. +
He will take one tenth of your flocks; and you will be his servants. +
You will cry out in that day because of your king whom you will have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not answer you in that day." +
But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No; but we will have a king over us, +
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles." +
Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of The LORD. +
The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice, and make them a king."Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Everyone go to your own city." +

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