The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 8:10–22

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10  And Samuel told all the words of YHWH unto the people that asked of him a king.

10  And so, Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people, who had petitioned a king from him.

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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 unto him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots.

11  And he said, This shall be the manner of the king that shall rule over you: he shall take your sons, and put them in his chariots, and among his horsemen, and running before his chariots,

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12  And he will appoint them unto him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots.

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13  And he will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

13  Likewise, your daughters he will take for himself as makers of ointments, and as cooks and bakers.

14  And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

14  Also, he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your best olive groves, and he will 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.

15  Moreover, he will take one tenth of your grain and of the results of your vineyards, so that he may give these to his eunuchs and servants.

16  And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

16  Then, too, he will take your servants, and handmaids, and your best young men, and your donkeys, and he will set them to his work.

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17  He will take the tenth of your flocks; and ye shall be his servants.

17  And he will tithe your flocks; and ye shall be his servants.

17  Also, he will take a tenth of your flocks. And you will be his servants.

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18  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen you; and YHWH will not answer you in that day.'

18  And you will cry out, in that day, from the face of the king, whom you have chosen for yourselves. And the Lord will not heed you, in that day. For you requested a king for yourselves.”

18  And you shall cry for help in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not answer you on that day.

19  But the people refused to hearken unto the voice of Samuel; and they said: 'Nay; but there shall be a king over us;

19  But the people were not willing to listen to the voice of Samuel. Instead, they said: “By no means! For there shall be a king over us,

19  Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said to him, No; but we will have a king over us,

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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.'

20  And we also will be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and shall go out before us, and fight our battles.

20  and we shall be just like all the Gentiles. And our king will judge us, and he will go out before us, and he will fight our wars for us.”

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21  And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he spoke them in the ears of YHWH.

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22  And YHWH said to Samuel: 'Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king.' And Samuel said unto the men of Israel: 'Go ye every man unto his city.'

22  And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice, and appoint them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Let each man depart to his city.