1 Samuel 8
By occasion of the ill government of Samuel's sons, the Israelites ask a king.
1 Samuel 8:1 And it came to passe, when Samuel was old, that he made his sonnes Iudges ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 8:2 Now the name of his first borne was Ioel, and the name of his second, Abiah: [they were] Iudges in Beer-sheba. 1 Samuel 8:3 And his sonnes walked not in his wayes, but turned aside after lucre, and tooke bribes, & peruerted iudgement. 1 Samuel 8:4 Then all the Elders of Israel gathered themselues together, and came to Samuel vnto Ramah, 1 Samuel 8:5 And said vnto him, Behold, thou art olde, and thy sonnes walke not in thy wayes: now make vs a King to iudge vs, like all the nations.
Samuel praying in grief is comforted by God.
1 Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Giue vs a King to iudge vs: and Samuel prayed vnto the LORD. 1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said vnto Samuel, Hearken vnto the voyce of the people in all that they say vnto thee: for they haue not reiected thee, but they haue reiected mee, that I should not reigne ouer them. 1 Samuel 8:8 According to all the works which they haue done since the day that I brought them vp out of Egypt euen vnto this day, wherewith they haue forsaken me, and serued other gods: so doe they also vnto thee. 1 Samuel 8:9 Nowe therefore hearken vnto their voyce: howbeit, yet protest solemnly vnto them, and shew them the maner of the King that shall reigne ouer them.
He telleth the manner of a king.
1 Samuel 8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD vnto the people, that asked of him a King. 1 Samuel 8:11 And hee sayd, This will be the maner of the king that shall reigne ouer you: Hee will take your sonnes, and appoint [them] for himselfe for his charets, and to bee his horsemen, and [some] shall runne before his charets. 1 Samuel 8:12 And hee will appoint him Captaines ouer thousands, and captaines ouer fifties, and [will set them] to eare his ground, and to reape his haruest, and to make his instruments of warre, and instruments of his charets. 1 Samuel 8:13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cookes, and to be bakers. 1 Samuel 8:14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliue-yards, [euen] the best [of them], and giue [them] to his seruants. 1 Samuel 8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and giue to his officers, and to his seruants. 1 Samuel 8:16 And hee will take your men seruants, and your mayd seruants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his worke. 1 Samuel 8:17 Hee will take the tenth of your sheepe, and ye shall be his seruants. 1 Samuel 8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day, because of your king which ye shall haue chosen you; and the LORD will not heare you in that day.
God willeth Samuel to yield unto the importunity of the people.
1 Samuel 8:19 Neuerthelesse, the people refused to obey the voyce of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will haue a King ouer vs: 1 Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations, and that our King may iudge vs, and goe out before vs, and fight our battels. 1 Samuel 8:21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the eares of the LORD. 1 Samuel 8:22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken vnto their voyce, and make them a King. And Samuel said vnto the men of Israel, Goe yee euery man vnto his citie.