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1 Samuel 8:5-7 International Standard Version (ISV)

They told him, “Look, you’re old, and your sons don’t follow your example.[a] So appoint a king to govern us like all the other[b] nations.” Samuel was displeased[c] when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.

The Lord told Samuel, “Listen to the people[d] in all that they say to you. In fact, it’s not you they have rejected, but rather they have rejected me from being their king.


  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 Lit. not walk in his ways
  2. 1 Samuel 8:5 The Heb. lacks other
  3. 1 Samuel 8:6 Lit. the thing was bad in the eyes of
  4. 1 Samuel 8:7 Lit. the voice of the people
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1 Samuel 8:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[a] us, such as all the other nations have.”

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.


  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 Traditionally judge; also in verses 6 and 20
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