12 And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you.2 And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day.3 Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me[a] and I will restore it to you.”4 They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand.”5 And he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”
6 And Samuel said to the people, “The Lord is witness,[b] who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.7 Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers.8 When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them,[c]then your fathers cried out to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place.9 But they forgot the Lord their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor,[d]and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them.10 And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lordand have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’
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