12:1 And Samuel said to all Israel, behold, I have hearkened to
your voice in all that ye said to me, and have made a king over
12:2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old
and gray-headed; and behold, my sons [are] with you: and I have
walked before you from my childhood to this day.
12:3 Behold, here I [am]: witness against me before the LORD,
and before his anointed; whose ox have I taken? or whose ass
have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed?
or from whose hand have I received [any] bribe to blind my eyes
with it? and I will restore it you.
12:4 And they said thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us,
neither hast thou taken aught from any man's hand.
12:5 And he said to them, The LORD [is] witness against you, and
his anointed [is] witness this day, that ye have not found
aught in my hand. And they answered, [He is] witness.
12:6 And Samuel said to the people, [It is] the LORD that
advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers out of
the land of Egypt.
12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you
before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he
did to you and to your fathers.
12:8 When Jacob had come into Egypt, and your fathers cried to
the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth
your fathers from Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.
12:9 And when they forgot the LORD their God, he sold them into
the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the
hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab,
and they fought against them.
12:10 And they cried to the LORD, and said, We have sinned,
because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and
Ashtaroth: but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and
we will serve thee.
12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Bedan, and Jephthah, and
Samuel, and delivered you from the hand of your enemies on
every side, and ye dwelt safe.
12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of
Ammon came against you, ye said to me, No; but a king shall
reign over us: when the LORD your God [was] your king.
12:13 Now therefore, behold the king whom ye have chosen, [and]
whom ye have desired! and behold, the LORD hath set a king over
12:14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his
voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then
shall both ye, and also the king that reigneth over you
continue following the LORD your God.
12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel
against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the
LORD be against you, as [it was] against your fathers.
12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the
LORD will do before your eyes.
12:17 [Is it] not wheat-harvest to-day? I will call to the LORD,
and he will send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see
that your wickedness [is] great, which ye have done in the
sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
12:18 So Samuel called to the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder
and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD
12:19 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for thy servants
to the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added to all
our sins [this] evil, to ask us a king.
12:20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: ye have done all
this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD,
but serve the LORD with all your heart;
12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then [would ye go] after vain
[things], which cannot profit nor deliver; for they [are] vain.
12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great
name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his
12:23 Moreover as for me, Far be it from me that I should sin
against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach
you the good and the right way:
12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your
heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you.
12:25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye will be consumed,
both ye and your king.