1 Samuel 8:19–22

19 The people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We must have a king over us. 20 Then we’ll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, d and fight our battles.”

21 Samuel listened to all the people’s words and then repeated them to the Lord. e 22 “Listen to them,” the Lord told Samuel. “Appoint a king for them.” f

Then Samuel told the men of Israel, “Each of you, go back to your city.”

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