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The New King James Version

1 Samuel 8:1–5

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Israel Demands a King

8 Now it came to pass when Samuel was aold that he bmade his csons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. But his sons ddid not walk in his ways; they turned aside eafter dishonest gain, ftook bribes, and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now gmake us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

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