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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

1 Samuel 8:4–7

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah. t They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have.” u

When they said, “Give us a king to judge us,” Samuel considered their demand sinful, so he prayed to the Lord. But the Lord told him, “Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have not rejected you; they have rejected Me as their king. v

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