NASB — 1 Samuel 12 — KJV

Samuel Addresses Israel

1 Then Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, aI have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I bhave Iappointed a king over you. 2 Now, ahere is the king walking before you, but bI am old and gray, and behold cmy sons are with you. And dI have walked before you from my youth even to this day. 3 Here I am; bear witness against me before the LORD and aHis anointed. bWhose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or cfrom whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? 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 He said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day that ayou have found nothing bin my hand.” And they said, “[He is] witness.”

[1] ILit made a1S 8:7, 9, 22 b1S 10:24; 11:14, 15
[2] a1S 8:20 b1S 8:1, 5 c1S 8:3, 5 d1S 3:10, 19, 20
[3] a1S 10:1; 24:6; 2S 1:14 bEx 20:17; Nu 16:15; Ac 20:33 cEx 23:8; Dt 16:19
[5] aAc 23:9; 24:20 bEx 22:4

6 ¶ Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who Iaappointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt. 7 So now, take your stand, athat I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers. 8 aWhen Jacob went into Egypt and byour fathers cried out to the LORD, then cthe LORD sent Moses and Aaron Idwho brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place. 9 But athey forgot the LORD their God, so bHe sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and cinto the hand of the Philistines and dinto the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 aThey cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served bthe Baals and the Ashtaroth; but cnow deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’ 11 Then the LORD sent aJerubbaal and IbBedan and cJephthah and dSamuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.

[6] ILit made aEx 6:26; Mi 6:4
[7] aEzk 20:35; Mi 6:1-5
[8] ILit and they brought aGn 46:5, 6 bEx 2:23-25 cEx 3:10; 4:14-16 d1S 10:18
[9] aDt 32:18; Jg 3:7 bJg 4:2 cJg 3:31; 10:7; 13:1 dJg 3:12-30
[10] aJg 10:10 bJg 2:13; 3:7 cJg 10:15, 16
[11] IGr and Syr read Barak aJg 6:31, 32; 7:1 bJg 4:6; 11:1 cJg 11:29 d1S 3:20

The King Confirmed

12 When you saw athat Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘bNo, but a king shall reign over us,’ calthough the LORD your God [was] your king. 13 Now therefore, ahere is the king whom you have chosen, bwhom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a king over you. 14 aIf you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the Icommand of the LORD, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God. 15 aIf you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the Icommand of the LORD, then bthe hand of the LORD will be against you, c[as it was] against your fathers. 16 Even now, atake your stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 aIs it not the wheat harvest today? bI will call to the LORD, that He may send Ithunder and rain. Then you will know and see that cyour wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king.” 18 So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent Ithunder and rain that day; and aall the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

[12] a1S 11:1, 2 b1S 8:6, 19 cJg 8:23; 1S 8:7
[13] a1S 10:24 b1S 8:5; 12:17, 19; Ho 13:11
[14] ILit mouth aJsh 24:14
[15] ILit mouth aLv 26:14, 15; Jsh 24:20; Is 1:20 b1S 5:9 c1S 12:9
[16] aEx 14:13, 31
[17] ILit sounds aPv 26:1 b1S 7:9, 10; Jm 5:16ff c1S 8:7
[18] ILit sounds aEx 14:31

19 ¶ Then all the people said to Samuel, “aPray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins b[this] evil by asking for ourselves a king.” 20 Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet ado not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 You must not turn aside, for [then you would go] after afutile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 22 For athe LORD will not abandon His people bon account of His great name, because the LORD chas been pleased to make you a people for Himself. 23 Moreover, as for me, afar be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but bI will instruct you in the good and right way. 24 aOnly Ifear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider bwhat great things He has done for you. 25 aBut if you still do wickedly, bboth you and your king cwill be swept away.”

[19] aEx 9:28; 1S 12:23; Jr 15:1; 1 Jn 5:16 b1S 12:17, 20
[20] aDt 11:16
[21] aDt 11:16; Is 41:29; Hab 2:18
[22] aDt 31:6; 1K 6:13 bEx 32:12; Nu 14:13; Jsh 7:9; Ps 106:8; Jr 14:21 cDt 7:6-11; 1P 2:9
[23] aRo 1:9; 1Co 9:16; Col 1:9; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:3 b1K 8:36; Ps 34:11; Pv 4:11
[24] IOr reverence aEc 12:13 bDt 10:21; Is 5:12
[25] aIs 1:20; 3:11 bJsh 24:20 c1S 31:1-5; Ho 10:3


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Samuel testifieth his integrity.

1 ¶ And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. 2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons [are] with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. 3 Behold, here I [am]: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received [any] bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand. 5 And he said unto them, The LORD [is] witness against you, and his anointed [is] witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, [He is] witness.

[1] 1S 8:5, 19; 10:1, 24; 11:14.
[2] Nu 27:17; 1S 2:22, 29; 3:13, 16, 19; 8:1, 3, 5, 20; Ps 71:18; Is 46:3; 2Ti 4:6; 2P 1:14.
[3] Ex 22:4; 23:8; Lv 6:4; Nu 16:15; Dt 16:19; 1S 10:1; 12:5; 24:6; 2S 1:14; Mt 22:21; Lk 19:8; Ac 20:33; Ro 13:1; 2Co 12:14; 1Th 2:5, 10; 1P 5:2.
[4] Ps 37:5; Dn 6:4; 3Jn 1:12.
[5] Ex 22:4; 1S 26:9; Jb 31:35; 42:7; Ps 17:3; Jn 18:38; Ac 23:9; 24:16, 20; 1Co 4:4; 2Co 1:12.

He reproveth the people of ingratitude.

6 ¶ And Samuel said unto the people, [It is] the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers. 8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. 9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, 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 unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe. 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God [was] your king. 13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, [and] whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. 14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as [it was] against your fathers.

[6] Ex 6:26; Ne 9:9; Ps 77:19; 78:12; 99:6; 105:26, 41; Is 63:7; Ho 12:13; Mi 6:4.
[7] Jg 5:11; Is 1:18; 5:3; Ezk 18:25; Mi 6:2; Ac 17:3.
[8] Gn 46:5; Ex 2:23; 3:9, 10; 4:14, 27; 6:26; 12:51; 14:30; Nu 20:15; Jsh 1:2, 6; 3:10; 1S 12:6; Ps 44:1; 78:54; 105:44; Ac 7:15.
[9] Dt 32:18, 30; Jg 2:14; 3:7, 8, 12; 4:2; 10:7; 13:1; Ps 106:21; Is 50:1; 63:10; Jr 2:32.
[10] Jg 2:13; 3:7, 9, 15; 4:3; 6:7; 10:10, 15; 1S 7:2; Ps 78:34; 106:44; Is 26:16; 33:22; Lk 1:74; 2Co 5:14.
[11] Jg 6:14, 32; 8:29, 35; 11:1; 13:1; 1S 7:13.
[12] Gn 17:7; Ex 19:5; Nu 23:21; Jg 8:23; 9:18, 56; 1S 8:3, 5, 7, 19; 10:19; 11:1; Ps 74:12; Is 33:22; Ho 13:10.
[13] 1S 8:5; 9:20; 10:24; 11:15; Ps 78:29; Ho 13:11; Ac 13:21.
[14] Lv 20:1; Dt 28:1; Jsh 24:14, 20; Ps 81:12; Is 3:10; Ro 2:7.
[15] Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15; Jsh 24:20; 1S 12:9; Is 1:20; 3:11; Ro 2:8.

He terrifieth them with thunder in harvest time.

16 ¶ Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 [Is it] not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness [is] great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. 19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins [this] evil, to ask us a king.

[16] Ex 14:13, 31; 1S 12:7; 15:16.
[17] Jsh 10:12; 1S 7:9; 8:7; 12:16; Ps 99:6; Pv 26:1; Jr 15:1; Jm 5:16.
[18] Ex 9:23; 14:31; Ezr 10:9; Ps 106:12; Rv 11:5.
[19] Gn 20:7; Ex 9:28; 10:17; 1S 7:5, 8; Jb 42:8; Ps 78:34; Is 26:16; Mal 1:9; Ac 8:24; Jm 5:15; 1Jn 5:16.

He comforteth them in God's mercy.

20 ¶ And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for [then should ye go] after vain [things], which cannot profit nor deliver; for they [are] vain. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you. 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

[20] Ex 20:19; Dt 11:16; 31:29; Jsh 23:6; Ps 40:4; 101:3; 125:5; Jr 3:1; 1P 3:16.
[21] Dt 32:21; Ps 115:4; Is 41:23; 44:9; 45:20; 46:7; Jr 2:5, 13; 10:8, 15; 14:22; 16:19; Jna 2:8; Hab 2:18; 1Co 8:4.
[22] Ex 19:5; 32:12; Nu 14:13; Dt 7:7; 9:5; 14:2; 31:17; 32:26; Jsh 7:9; 1K 6:13; 2K 21:14; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 15:2; Ps 94:14; 106:8; Is 37:35; 41:17; 42:16; 43:25; 48:11; Jr 14:7, 21; 33:24; Lm 3:31; 5:20; Ezk 20:9, 14; Mal 1:2; Mt 11:26; Jn 15:16; Ro 9:13; 11:29; 1Co 4:7; Ep 1:6, 12; Php 1:6; He 13:5.
[23] 1K 8:36; 2Ch 6:27; Ps 34:11; Pv 4:11; Ec 12:10; Jr 6:16; Ac 12:5; 20:20; Ro 1:9; Col 1:9, 28; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:3.
[24] Ex 12:13; Dt 10:21; Ezr 9:13; Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; 119:80; 126:2; Pv 1:7; Is 5:12; Jn 1:47; Ro 12:1; He 12:29.
[25] Dt 28:36; 32:15; Jsh 24:20; 1S 31:1; Is 3:11; Ho 10:3.


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