1 Samuel 12 ©
Samuel calleth upon the people, and receiveth from them an ample justification of his integrity. He chargeth them with ingratitude in rejecting God's government, and warneth them against future disobedience. To convince them of their offence in asking a king, he calleth for thunder and rain in the time of harvest to their great dismay; but encourageth them with the assurance of divine favour, if they will but fear the Lord, and serve him heartily.
Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before dhis anointed: ewhose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or fof whose hand have I received any 1bribe 2to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
And nwhen they forgat the LORD their God, ohe sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of pthe Philistines, and into the hand of the king qof Moab, and they fought against them.
And xwhen ye saw that yNahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, zye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when athe LORD your God was byour king.
¶Now therefore istand and see this jgreat thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.