1 AWhen SamuelB became old,C
he madeD his sonsE judgesF over Israel.G
4 Then allH the eldersI of Israel gathered togetherJ and cameK to Samuel at RamahL
5 and said to him, “MYou are old, and your sons do not followN in your ways;O
appointP for us, then, a kingQ to governR us, like otherS nations.”T
6 But the thingU displeasedV, W Samuel when they said, “GiveX us a king to govern us.”
Samuel prayedY to the Lord,Z 7 and the Lord said to Samuel, “ListenAA to the voiceBB of the peopleCC in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being kingDD over them.
8 Just asEE they have doneFF to me from the dayGG I brought them upHH out of EgyptII to this day,
forsakingJJ me and servingKK otherLL gods,MM soNN also they are doing to you.
9 Now then, listen to their voice; only,OO you shall solemnly warnPP them and showQQ them the waysRR of the king who shall reignSS over them.”
10 So Samuel reported all the wordsTT of the Lord to the people who were askingUU him for a king. 11 He said, “These will beVV the waysWW of the king who will reign over you: he will takeXX your sons
and appoint them to his chariotsYY and to be his horsemen,ZZ and to runAAA beforeBBB his chariots,
12 and he will appoint for himself commandersCCC of thousandsDDD and commanders of fiftiesEEE and some to plowFFF his groundGGG and to reapHHH his harvestIII
and to makeJJJ his implementsKKK of warLLL and the equipmentMMM of his chariots.NNN
13 He will take your daughtersOOO to be perfumersPPP and cooksQQQ and bakers.RRR
14 He will take the bestSSS of your fieldsTTT and vineyardsUUU and olive orchardsVVV and give them to his courtiers.WWW
15 He will take one-tenthXXX of your grainYYY and of your vineyards and give it to his officersZZZ and his courtiers. 16 He will take your maleAAAA and female slavesBBBB and the best of your cattleCCCC
and donkeysDDDD and putEEEE them to his work.FFFF 17 He will take one-tenth of your flocks,GGGG and you shall be his slaves.HHHH
18 And on that day you will cry outIIII because ofJJJJ your king, whom you have chosenKKKK for yourselves, but the Lord will not answerLLLL you on that day.”
Image credit: “Israel Wants a King” by Amy & Carly of Fishnet Bible Stories.