1 Samuel 8
Israel Asks for a King
1When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.
5They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead
9Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
10Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.
11He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
15He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.
16Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle
18When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” 19But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.
20Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” 21When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD . 22The LORD answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”