1 Samuel 8

Thomson(i) 1 Now when Samuel grew old he appointed his sons judges over Israel. 2 And these were the names of his sons. His first born was Joel, and the name of his second son was Abia. They were judges in Bersabee. 3 But his sons did not walk in his way. They turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice. 4 Whereupon all the chief men of Israel assembled, and came to Armathaim, to Samuel, 5 and said to him, Behold thou art grown old, and thy sons do not walk in thy way. Now therefore appoint a king over us to judge us like the other nations. 6 And the thing was evil in the sight of Samuel, that they should say, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of this people as they have spoken to thee. For they have not rejected thee; but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all that they have done to me, from the day I brought them out of Egypt even to this day; as they have forsaken me, and served strange gods, so they do also to thee. 9 Now therefore hearken to their voice. Nevertheless testify to them, and tell them the prerogative of the king who shall reign over them. 10 Upon this Samuel told the people who asked of him a king, all the words of the Lord, 11 and said, This will be the prerogative of the king who shall reign over you. He will take your sons, and appoint them for his chariots, and for his horsemen, and some to run before his chariots, 12 and others to be made for him captains of hundreds, and captains of thousands, and some to reap his harvest, and gather his vintage, and to make his implements of war, and arms for his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters for confectioners, and cooks, and bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive orchards, and give them to his slaves. 15 And he will take the tenth of your crops, and vineyards, and give it to his officers and vassals. 16 He will take also your men servants, and your maid servants, and the best of your herds, and your asses, even the tenth of them, for his own works. 17 He will also take a tenth of your flocks; and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry aloud, because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves: but the Lord will not hearken to you in those days, 19 because you have chosen a king for yourselves. But the people would not hearken to Samuel, but said to him, None but a king shall be over us. 20 We will be like all the nations, and our king shall judge us, and 21 go out before us, and fight our battles. 21 And when Samuel heard all the words of the people, and rehearsed them in the hearing of the Lord, 22 the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice, and appoint a king over them. Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, Depart every man to his city.