1 Samuel 8

1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he amade his bsons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba. 3 And his sons ewalked not in his ways, but turned aside after dlucre, and ctook bribes, and perverted judgment. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now fmake us a king to judge us like all the nations.

6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel gprayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for ithey have not rejected thee, but hthey have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 11 And he said, jThis will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: kHe will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And lhe will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD mwill not hear you in that day.

19 Nevertheless the people nrefused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have 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 he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, oHearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

Cross Ref
1aDeu 16:18
bJdg 10:4
Jdg 12:14
3cPsa 15:5
Deu 16:19
d1 Tim 3:3
Deu 16:19
Exo 18:21
eJer 22:15
Ecc 2:19
5f1 Sam 12:13
Hos 13:10
Act 13:21
6g1 Sam 15:11
Pro 3:5
7h1 Sam 10:19
iLuk 10:16
Mat 10:24-25
Exo 16:8
11jDeu 17:16
k1 Sam 14:52
2 Chr 26:10-15
14l1 Kin 21:7
18mJob 27:9
Psa 18:41
Pro 1:25
Isa 1:15
Mic 3:4
Luk 13:25
19nIsa 66:4
Jer 44:16
22oHos 13:11