Shmuel I 8

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Shmuel I (Book of 1 Samuel), Chapter 8

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 And they said unto him: 'Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said: 'Give us a king to judge us.' And Samuel prayed unto HaShem.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 And HaShem said unto Samuel: 'Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be king over them.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, in that they have forsaken Me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice; howbeit thou shalt earnestly forewarn them, and shalt declare unto them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And Samuel told all the words of HaShem unto the people that asked of him a king.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 And he said: 'This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them unto him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 And he will appoint them unto him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And he will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 He will take the tenth of your flocks; and ye shall be his servants.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen you; and HaShem will not answer you in that day.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 But the people refused to hearken unto the voice of Samuel; and they said: 'Nay; but there shall be a king over us;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he spoke them in the ears of HaShem.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 And HaShem said to Samuel: 'Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king.' And Samuel said unto the men of Israel: 'Go ye every man unto his city.'

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