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and said, “You are an old man. You set a good example for your sons, but they haven’t followed it. Now we want a king to be our leader,[a] just like all the other nations. Choose one for us!”

Samuel was upset to hear the leaders say they wanted a king, so he prayed about it. The Lord answered:

Samuel, do everything they want you to do. I am really the one they have rejected as their king.

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  1. 7.15; 8.1,2,5 leader: The Hebrew word could mean an army commander, a judge, and a religious leader.