GOD’S WORD Translation

1 Samuel 8:19–22

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19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. They said, “No, we want a king! 20 Then we, too, will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us, lead us out to war, and fight our battles.”

21 When Samuel heard everything the people had to say, he reported it privately to the Lord. 22 The Lord told him, “Listen to them, and give them a king.”

Then Samuel told the people of Israel, “Go back to your own cities.”

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