First Samuel 8


8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his
 sons judges over Israel.
8:2 Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his
 second, Abiah: [they were] judges in Beer-sheba.
8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after
 lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
8:4 Then all the elders of Israel assembled, and came to Samuel
 to Ramah,
8:5 And said to him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not
 in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
 nations.
8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a
 king to judge us: and Samuel prayed to the LORD.
8:7 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the
 people in all that they say to thee: for they have not rejected
 thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over
 them.
8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the
 day that I brought them out of Egypt even to this day, by which
 they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also
 to thee.
8:9 Now therefore hearken to their voice: yet protest solemnly
 to them, and show them the manner of the king that will reign
 over them.
8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people
 that asked of him a king.
8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall
 reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for
 himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some]
 will run before his chariots.
8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and
 captains over fifties; and [will set them] to till his ground,
 and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war,
 and instruments of his chariots.
8:13 And he will take your daughters [to be] confectioneries,
 and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.
8:14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your
 olive-yards, [even] the best [of them], and give [them] to his
 servants.
8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your
 vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
8:16 And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants,
 and your most choice young men, and your asses, and put [them]
 to his work.
8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye will be his
 servants.
8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which
 ye shall have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not hear
 you in that day.
8:19 Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of
 Samuel; and they said, No; but we will have a king over us;
8:20 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.
8:21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he
 rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
8:22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice, and
 make them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go ye
 every man to his city.
 
 

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