1 Samuel 12
Samuel has a conversation with everyone in Israel
And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice
in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.
And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded;
and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my
childhood unto this day.
Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his
anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I
defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe
to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
Samuel speaks to everyone in Israel, saying:
I did what you asked me to do and made a king for you.
Now that I'm old and gray, I have one questions for you:
Have I ever done anything wrong to any of you?
And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast
thou taken ought of any man's hand.
Everyone in Israel answers him: "No, you've never done anything wrong to us."
And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed
is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they
answered, He is witness.
And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and
Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
Samuel: "God and king Saul are witnesses that you said I didn't do anything wrong."
Everyone: "He is a witness."
Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of
all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.
When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then
the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of
Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.
And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of
Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines,
and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have
forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us
out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.
And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and
delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled
And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against
you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD
your God was your king.
Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have
desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
Samuel: "Stand still so I can reason with you, and tell you about all the
times God killed for you."
If ye will fear the
LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the
commandment of the LORD, then
shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following
the LORD your God:
But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the
commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as
it was against your fathers.
Should we fear God?
If you fear, serve, and obey God, then you and the king will follow God. But if you don't,
then God's hand will be against you.
Samuel and God make it thunder and rain
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do
before your eyes.
Samuel keeps talking to everyone in Israel: "Stand and watch this great thing that God is going to do in front of your eyes."
Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall
send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is
great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
"It is a wheat harvest day. I'll call God and he'll send thunder and rain -- so you can see how
wicked it was for you to ask for a king."
12:18So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day:
and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD
thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to
ask us a king.
All the Israelites said to Samuel, "Ask God not to kill us for asking him for a king."
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this
wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD
with all your heart;
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which
cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake:
because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in
ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Samuel said to them, "Don't be afraid. You have been wicked, but God won't kill you because you are his people."
"I will pray for you and teach you how to behave."
But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.
Samuel: "But if you still are wicked, God will kill you and your king."