1 Samuel 8:4-20; 11:14-15
8:4 Then all the eldersI of IsraelII gathered togetherIII and came to SamuelIV at Ramah,V
5 and said to him, “VIYou are oldVII and your sonsVIII do not followIX in your ways;X
appointXI for us, then, a king to governXII us, like other nations.”XIII
6 But the thingXIV displeasedXV, XVI Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayedXVII to the Lord,XVIII
7 and the Lord said to Samuel, “ListenXIX to the voiceXX of the peopleXXI in all that they say to you; for they have not rejectedXXII you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
8 Just asXXIII they have doneXXIV to me, from the day I brought them upXXV out of EgyptXXVI to this day,
forsakingXXVII me and servingXXVIII other gods,XXIX so also they are doing to you.
9 Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warnXXX them, and showXXXI them the waysXXXII of the king who shall reign over them.”
10 So Samuel reported all the wordsXXXIII of the Lord to the people who were askingXXXIV him for a king. 11 He said, “These will beXXXV the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariotsXXXVI and to be his horsemen,XXXVII
and to runXXXVIII beforeXXXIX his chariots; 12 and he will appoint for himself commandersXL of thousands and commanders of fifties,
and some to plowXLI his groundXLII and to reapXLIII his harvest,XLIV
and to makeXLV his implementsXLVI of warXLVII and the equipmentXLVIII of his chariots.XLIX
13 He will take your daughtersL to be perfumersLI and cooksLII and bakers.LIII
14 He will take the bestLIV of your fieldsLV and vineyardsLVI and olive orchardsLVII and give them to his courtiers.LVIII
15 He will take one-tenthLIX of your grainLX and of your vineyards and give it to his officersLXI and his courtiers.
16 He will take your maleLXII and female slaves,LXIII and the best of your cattleLXIV and donkeys,LXV and putLXVI them to his work.LXVII
17 He will take one-tenth of your flocks,LXVIII and you shall be his slaves.LXIX 18 And in that day you will cry outLXX because ofLXXI your king, whom you have chosenLXXII for yourselves; but the Lord will not answerLXXIII you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to haveLXXIV a king over us, 20 so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fightLXXV our battles.”LXXVI
11:14 Samuel said to the people, “Come,LXXVII let us go to GilgalLXXVIII and there renewLXXIX the kingship.”LXXX
15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made SaulLXXXI king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificedLXXXII offeringsLXXXIII of well-beingLXXXIV before the Lord, and there Saul and all the IsraelitesLXXXV rejoicedLXXXVI greatly.
Image credit: “Israel Wants a King” by Amy & Carly of Fishnet Bible stories.