19 But the people refused(A) to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want(B) a king(C) over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations,(D) with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated(E) it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen(F) to them and give them a king.”

Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”

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