1 Samuel 8 ©
By occasion of the ill government of Samuel's sons the Israelites desire a king. Samuel is displeased, and prayeth; he is comforted by God, but withal admonished to hearken unto the people's request. He setteth before them by God's command the manner in which they must expect a king to rule over them. The people still continue their importunity, and God directeth Samuel to yield to them.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, jHearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for kthey have not rejected thee, but lthey have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
Now therefore 3hearken unto their voice: 4howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and nshew them the o*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, pThis will be the *manner of the king that shall reign over you: qHe will take 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 rear 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 s*confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his 5officers, 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 the LORD said to Samuel, yHearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.