The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 8:1–9

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And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

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Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.

And these are the names of his sons; Joel the first-born, and the name of the second Abia, judges in Bersabee.

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And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.

And his sons did not walk in his way; and they turned aside after gain, and took gifts, and perverted judgements.

But his sons did not walk in his ways. Instead, they turned aside, pursuing avarice. And they accepted bribes, and they perverted judgment.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah.

And the men of Israel gather themselves together, and come to Armathaim to Samuel,

Therefore, all those greater by birth of Israel, having gathered together, went to Samuel at Ramah.

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And they said unto 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.'

and they said to him, Behold, thou art grown old, and thy sons walk not in thy way; and now set over us a king to judge us, as also the other nations have.

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But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said: 'Give us a king to judge us.' And Samuel prayed unto YHWH.

And the thing was evil in the eyes of Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us: and Samuel prayed to the Lord.

And the word was displeasing in the eyes of Samuel, for they had said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord.

And YHWH said unto Samuel: 'Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be king over them.

And the Lord said to Samuel, Hear the voice of the people, in whatever they shall say to thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me from reigning over them.

Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they are saying to you. For they have not rejected you, but me, lest I reign over them.

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According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, in that they have forsaken Me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

In accord with all their works, which they have done from the day when I led them away from Egypt, even to this day: just as they have forsaken me, and served foreign gods, so now they also do to you.

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Now therefore hearken unto their voice; howbeit thou shalt earnestly forewarn them, and shalt declare unto them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.'

And now hearken to their voice; only thou shalt solemnly testify to them, and thou shalt describe to them the manner of the king who shall reign over them.

Now therefore, hear their voice. Yet truly, testify to them and foretell to them the rights of the king who will reign over them.”