1 Samuel 8
1 Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel.
2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were
judging in Beer-sheba.
3 But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes,
and perverted justice.
4 And all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
5 and said to him, Behold, you have become old, and your sons do not walk in your ways.
Now appoint us a king to judge us like all the nations.
6 But the thing made Samuel's eyes quiver when they said, Give us a king to judge us.
And Samuel prayed to Jehovah.
7 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Consent to the voice of the people in all that they say to
you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, for Me to not reign over
8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up
out of Egypt, even to this day, with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods,
so they are doing to you also.
9 Now therefore, consent to their voice. However, you shall solemnly testify to them, and
inform them regarding the manner of the king who shall reign over them.
10 So Samuel told all the words of Jehovah to the people who were asking him for a king.
11 And he said, This shall be the manner of the king who shall reign over you: He will
take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some
will run before his chariots.
12 He will appoint commanders over his thousands and commanders over his fifties, will
set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his implements of war
and equipment for his chariots.
13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give
them to his servants.
15 He will take a tenth of your seed and your vintage, and give it to his officers and
16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and
your donkeys, and make them do his work.
17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.
18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for
yourselves, and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, No, but
there shall be a king over us,
20 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.
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and spoke them in the ears of Jehovah.
22 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Consent to their voice, and cause a king to reign over
them. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Each of you go to his city.