1 Samuel 8 ©

Samuel makes his sons judges over Israel, v. 1, etc. Their names, 2. They are not sincere in the administration of their office, 3. Wherefore the people require a king. 4. This displeases Samuel, who presents the case unto the Lord, 6. It likewise displeases the Lord, but He commands that he shall hearken to the people, 7. And that he shall present before them the hard and tyrannical government of kings, 9. Which Samuel does, 10, 11, etc. But the people continue firm and steadfast in their former request, 19. God commands Samuel to consent to the peoples’ request, 22.


AND it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons 1judges over Israel.


Now the name of his firstborn was 2Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in 3Beer-sheba.


And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside 4aftera lucre,b and took bribes, and 5perverted judgment.


Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,


And said unto him, Behold, 6thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: nowc make us a king 7to judge us like 8all the nations.


¶But 9thed thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel 10prayed unto the LORD.


And the LORD said unto Samuel, 11Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected 12thee, but they have rejected 13me, 14that I should not reign over them.


According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.


Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest 15solemnly unto them, and shew them 16the manner of the king that shall reign over them.


¶And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.


And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will 17take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.


And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to 18ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.


And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be 19cooks, and to be bakers.


And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his 20servants.


And he will take the tenth of 21your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his 22officers, and to his servants.


And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.


He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.


And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.


¶Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 23Nay; 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.


And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.


And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, 24Go ye every man unto his city.