1 Samuel 12
Samuel testifieth his integrity.
1 Samuel 12:1 Then sayde Samuell vnto al Israel: beholde I haue obeyed your voyce in all that ye saide vnto me, & haue made you a kyng. 1 Samuel 12:2 And se youre kyng walketh before you. But I am olde & graye headed: & behold my sonnes are with you & I haue walked before you from my chyldhode vnto thys daye. 1 Samuel 12:3 Behold here I am: answere me before the Lorde & before his annoynted, whose oxe haue I taken? or whose asse haue I taken? whom haue I done wrong to? or whom haue I pylled? And of whose hand haue I receiued any bribe, to blynde myne eyes therewith? & I wyll restore it you agayne. 1 Samuel 12:4 And they sayde thou hast done vs no wronge, nor pylled vs, nether hast thou taken ought of any mannes hande. 1 Samuel 12:5 Then sayde he to them: the Lorde is wytnesse vnto you, and hys annoynted is witnesse thys daye, that ye haue found nought in my handes. And they answered: we are wytnesses.
He reproveth the people of ingratitude.
1 Samuel 12:6 Then sayde Samuel vnto the people: it is the Lorde that made Moses & Aaron, & which brought youre fathers out of Egypte. 1 Samuel 12:7 Now therfore stand stil, & let me reason wyth you before the Lorde, of al the ryghtuousnesses of the Lorde which he shewed both you & youre fathers. 1 Samuel 12:8 After þt Iacob was come into Egypte, your fathers cryed vnto the Lorde, & the Lord sent Moses & Aaron, which brought your fathers out of Egypt, & made them dwel in thys place. 1 Samuel 12:9 Neuerthelater they forgat the Lorde theyr God. And he solde them into the hande of Sisara chyefe captayne of Iabin kynge of Hazor, and into the handes of the Phylystynes and into the handes of the Kynge of Moab, which fought agaynst them. 1 Samuel 12:10 Then they cryed vnto the Lorde, and sayde: we haue synned, because we haue forsaken the Lorde, and haue serued Baalim & Astharoth. But nowe delyuer vs out of the handes of our enemyes, and we wyll serue the. 1 Samuel 12:11 And the Lorde sent Ierobaal Badan. Iephthah & Samuel, & delyuered you out of the handes of youre ennemyes on euery syde, so that ye dwelled with out feare. 1 Samuel 12:12 And for al that when you sawe that Nahas þe king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye sayde vnto me: not so, a kynge shall raygne ouer vs, when yet the Lord your god was your Kyng. 1 Samuel 12:13 Now therfore beholde, the kynge whome ye haue chosen and whome ye haue desyred: se, the Lorde hath geuen you a Kynge, 1 Samuel 12:14 Oh, that ye wolde feare the Lorde & serue hym, & heare hys voyce, & not disobeye the mouth of the Lorde: and that both ye and the Kynge that raygneth ouer you, wolde folow the Lorde your God. 1 Samuel 12:15 For yf ye shal not herken vnto the voyce of the Lorde, but shall disobeye the Lordes mouthe: then shal þe hand of the Lorde be vpon you & on youre fathers.
He terrifieth them with thunder in harvest time.
1 Samuel 12:16 Now also stande & se thys great thyng which the Lorde wyl do before youre eyes: 1 Samuel 12:17 is it not now wheteheruest. And yet for al that, I wyl call vnto the Lorde, and he shall sende thunder and rayne. Wherby perceyue and vnderstand how that your wyckednes is great which ye haue done in the syght of the Lorde in askyng you a Kynge. 1 Samuel 12:18 And when Samuel called vnto the Lorde, the Lorde sent thunder & rayne the same daye. And all the people feared the Lord and Samuel excedynglye. 1 Samuel 12:19 Then sayde all the people vnto Samuel: praye for thy seruauntes vnto the Lorde thy God, that we dye not: for we haue synned in askyng vs a kynge, besyde all the synnes that euer we dyd.
He comforteth them in God's mercy.
1 Samuel 12:20 Then sayde Samuel vnto the people: feare not. And thoughe ye haue done all thys wyckednesse yet departe not from the Lord in any case. But serue hym wyth all your hertes. 1 Samuel 12:21 Nether turne ye after vayne thynges which cannot delyuer you, for they are but vanities. 1 Samuel 12:22 But the Lorde wyl not forsake hys people, because of hys great names sake: because the Lorde had begonne to make you hys people. 1 Samuel 12:23 Moreouer God forbydde that I shulde synne agaynste the Lorde in leuyng praiyng for you and to shewe you the good and ryghte way. 1 Samuel 12:24 Onelye feare you the Lorde and serue hym truly with all your hertes: for se, he hath done great thynges for you. 1 Samuel 12:25 But and yf ye shall do wyckedlye, then shall both ye and your King therto peryshe.