Israel Asks for a King

When Samuel grew old, he appointed(A) his sons as Israel’s leaders.[a] The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,(B) and they served at Beersheba.(C) But his sons(D) did not follow his ways. They turned aside(E) after dishonest gain and accepted bribes(F) and perverted(G) justice.

So all the elders(H) of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.(I) They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king(J) to lead[b](K) us, such as all the other nations(L) have.”

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:1 Traditionally judges
  2. 1 Samuel 8:5 Traditionally judge; also in verses 6 and 20


撒母耳年纪老迈,就立他儿子做以色列的士师。 长子名叫约珥,次子名叫亚比亚,他们在别是巴做士师。 他儿子不行他的道,贪图财利,收受贿赂,屈枉正直。

以色列的长老都聚集,来到拉玛撒母耳 对他说:“你年纪老迈了,你儿子不行你的道。现在求你为我们立一个王治理我们,像列国一样。”

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