1 Samuel 12
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
2And 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
3Behold, 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.
4And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou
taken ought of any man's hand.
5And 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.
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.
7Now 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.
8When 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.
9And 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
10And 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.
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 safe.
12And 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.
behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
14If 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
15But 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
16Now therefore stand and see
this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.
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.
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.
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.
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;
21And turn ye
not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
22For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it
hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
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
24Only fear the LORD, and serve
him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
25But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.