1 Samuel 8

CLV(i) 1 And it comes to pass, when Samuel [is] aged, that he makes his sons judges over Israel. 2 And the name of his first-born son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba. 3 and his sons have not walked in his ways, and turn aside after the dishonest gain, and take a bribe, and turn aside judgment. 4 And all the elders of Israel gather themselves together, and come in unto Samuel to Ramath, 5 and say unto him, `Lo, you have become aged, and your sons have not walked in your ways; now, appoint to us a king, to judge us, like all the nations.. 6 And the thing is evil in the eyes of Samuel, when they have said, `Give to us a king to judge us;' and Samuel prays unto Yahweh. 7 And Yahweh said unto Samuel, `Hearken to the voice of the people, to all that they say unto you, for you they have not rejected, but Me they have rejected, from reigning over them. 8 According to all the works that they have done from the day of My bringing them up out of Egypt, even unto this day, when they forsake Me, and serve other elohims--so they are doing also to you. 9 And now, hearken to their voice; only, surely you do certainly protest to them, and have declared to them the custom of the king who does reign over them.. 10 And Samuel speaks all the words of Yahweh unto the people who are asking from him a king, 11 and said, `This is the custom of the king who does reign over you:Your sons he does take, and has appointed for himself among his chariots, and among his horsemen, and they have run before his chariots;" 12 also to appoint for himself heads of thousands, and heads of fifties; also to plow his plowing, and to reap his reaping; and to make instruments of his war, and instruments of his charioteer. 13 `And your daughters he does take for perfumers, and for cooks, and for bakers;" 14 and your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards--the best--he does take, and has given to his servants. 15 And your seed and your vineyards he does tithe, and has given to his eunuchs, and to his servants. 16 And your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your young men--the best, and your asses, he does take, and has prepared for his own work;" 17 your flock he does tithe, and you are to him for servants. 18 And you have cried out in that day because of the king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and Yahweh does not answer you in that day.. 19 And the people refuse to hearken to the voice of Samuel, and say, `Nay, but a king is over us, 20 and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king has judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.. 21 And Samuel hears all the words of the people, and speaks them in the ears of Yahweh;" 22 and Yahweh said unto Samuel, `Hearken to their voice, and you have caused to reign over them a king.' And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, `Go you each to his city..