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1 Samuel, Chapter 8
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   1: And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
   2: Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: [they were] judges in Beer-sheba.
   3: And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
   4: Then all the elders of Israel assembled, and came to Samuel to Ramah,
   5: And said to him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make 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 prayed to the LORD.
   7: And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they 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 out of Egypt even to this day, by which they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also to thee.
   9: Now therefore hearken to their voice: yet protest solemnly to them, and show them the manner of the king that will reign over them.
   10: And Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people that asked of him a king.
   11: And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] will run before his chariots.
   12: And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and [will set them] to till 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] confectioneries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.
   14: And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards, [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 men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your most choice young men, and your asses, and put [them] to his work.
   17: He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye will be his servants.
   18: And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
   19: Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, No; 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, Hearken to their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go ye every man to his city.

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