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They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead[a] us, just like all the other nations have.”

But this request displeased Samuel, for[b] they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Do everything the people request of you.[c] For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is me that they have rejected as their king.

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 tn Heb “judge” (also in v. 6).
  2. 1 Samuel 8:6 tn Heb “when.”
  3. 1 Samuel 8:7 tn Heb “Listen to the voice of the people, to all which they say to you.”