1 Samuel 12
Samuel testifieth his integrity.
1 Samuel 12:1 And Samuel saide vnto all Israel, Beholde, I haue hearkned vnto your voice in all that ye said vnto mee, and haue made a King ouer you. 1 Samuel 12:2 And now behold, the King walketh before you: and I am olde, and gray headed, and behold, my sonnes are with you: and I haue walked before you from my childhood vnto this day. 1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I [am], witnesse against me before the LORD, and before his Anoynted: Whose oxe haue I taken? or whose asse haue I taken? or whom haue I defrauded? whom haue I oppressed? or of whose hand haue I receiued any bribe to blinde mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. 1 Samuel 12:4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded vs, nor oppressed vs, neither hast thou taken ought of any mans hand. 1 Samuel 12:5 And hee said vnto them, The LORD is witnesse against you, and his Anointed is witnesse this day, that ye haue not found ought in my hand: And they answered, He is witnesse.
He reproveth the people of ingratitude.
1 Samuel 12:6 And Samuel said vnto the people, [It is] the LORD that aduanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers vp out of the land of Egypt. 1 Samuel 12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD, of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and your fathers. 1 Samuel 12:8 When Iacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried vnto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought foorth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. 1 Samuel 12:9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera captaine of the hoste of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 1 Samuel 12:10 And they cried vnto the LORD, and said, Wee haue sinned, because we haue forsaken the LORD, and haue serued Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliuer vs out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serue thee. 1 Samuel 12:11 And the LORD sent Ierubbaal, and Bedan, and Iephthah, and Samuel, and deliuered you out of the hand of your enemies on euery side, and yee dwelled safe. 1 Samuel 12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said vnto me, Nay, but a King shall reigne ouer vs, when the LORD your God [was] your King. 1 Samuel 12:13 Now therefore, behold the King whom yee haue chosen, [and] whom yee haue desired: and behold, the LORD hath set a King ouer you. 1 Samuel 12:14 If ye will feare the LORD, and serue him, and obey his voice, and not rebell against the Commandement of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the King that reigneth ouer you, continue following the LORD your God. 1 Samuel 12:15 But if ye wil not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the Commandement of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as [it was] against your fathers.
He terrifieth them with thunder in harvest time.
1 Samuel 12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing which the LORD will doe before your eyes. 1 Samuel 12:17 Is it not wheat haruest to day? I will call vnto the LORD, and hee shall send thunder and raine, that ye may perceiue and see that your wickednesse [is] great, which ye haue done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a King. 1 Samuel 12:18 So Samuel called vnto the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and raine that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. 1 Samuel 12:19 And all the people said vnto Samuel, Pray for thy seruants vnto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we haue added vnto all our sinnes, [this] euil, to aske vs a King.
He comforteth them in God's mercy.
1 Samuel 12:20 And Samuel saide vnto the people, Feare not: (ye haue done al this wickednesse, yet turne not aside from following the LORD, but serue the LORD with all your heart: 1 Samuel 12:21 And turne ye not aside, for then [should ye goe] after vaine things, which cannot profit, nor deliuer, for they are vaine.) 1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD wil not forsake his people, for his great Names sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 1 Samuel 12:23 Moreouer, as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD, in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way. 1 Samuel 12:24 Onely feare the LORD, and serue him in trueth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 1 Samuel 12:25 But if yee shall still doe wickedly, yee shall be consumed, both yee and your King.