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They said to him, “Look, you are old and your sons do not follow in your ways. So then appoint a king for us to judge[a] us, like all the nations. But the matter was displeasing to Samuel[b] when they said, “Give us a king to judge[c] us,” so Samuel prayed to Yahweh.

Then Yahweh said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people concerning all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 Or “to rule”
  2. 1 Samuel 8:6 Literally “was evil in the eyes of Samuel”
  3. 1 Samuel 8:6 Or “to rule”