1 Samuel 12:1
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New International Version
Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.

New Living Translation
Then Samuel addressed all Israel: "I have done as you asked and given you a king.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
Then Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Samuel said to all Israel, "I have carefully listened to everything you said to me and placed a king over you.

International Standard Version
Then Samuel told all Israel, "Take note! I've listened to you, to everything you have told me, and I've appointed a king over you.

NET Bible
Samuel said to all Israel, "I have done everything you requested. I have given you a king.

New Heart English Bible
Samuel said to all Israel, "Look, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you have said to me and appointed a king over you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
Then Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and I have appointed a king over you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that you said unto me, and have made a king over you.

American King James Version
And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said to all Israel: Behold I have hearkened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened to your voice in all that ye said to me, and have made a king over you.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Samuel said to all Israel, behold, I have hearkened to your voice in all that ye said to me, and have made a king over you.

World English Bible
Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel saith unto all Israel, 'Lo, I have hearkened to your voice, to all that ye said to me, and I cause to reign over you a king,
Study Bible
Samuel's Farewell Address
1Then Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you. 2"Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:7
The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

1 Samuel 8:9
"Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them."

1 Samuel 10:24
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people." So all the people shouted and said, "Long live the king!"

1 Samuel 11:14
Then Samuel said to the people, "Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there."

1 Samuel 11:15
So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they also offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Treasury of Scripture

And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.

Behold

1 Samuel 8:5-8,19-22 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your …

have made

1 Samuel 10:1,24 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed …

1 Samuel 11:14,15 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and …

(1) And Samuel said unto all Israel.--We believe we possess in this section of our history, in the report the compiler of these memoirs has given us of the dialogue between the judge Samuel and the elders of Israel at the solemn assembly of Gilgal, many of the very words spoken on this momentous occasion by the old man. It is doubtless a true and detailed account of all that took place on that day--the real inauguration of the earthly monarchy; that great change in the life of Israel which became of vast importance in the succeeding generations. In such a recital the words used by that grand old man, who belonged both to the old order of things and to the new, who was the link between the judges and the kings--the link which joined men like Eleazar, the grandson of Aaron, Gideon, and Jephthah, heroes half-veiled in the mists which so quickly gather round an unlettered past, with men like David and Solomon, round whose lives no mist will ever gather--the words used by that old man, who, according to the cherished tradition in Israel, was the accredited minister of the invisible King when the Eternal made over the sovereignty to Saul, would surely be treasured up with a jealous care. This gives an especial and peculiar interest to the present chapter, which contains the summary of the proceedings of the Gilgal assembly. The old judge Samuel, with the hero-king Saul standing by his side, presents the king to the people of the Lord under the title of the "Anointed of the Eternal," and then in a few pathetic words speaks first of his own pure and upright past. The elders reply to his moving words. Then he rehearses the glorious acts of the Eternal King, and repeats how He, over and over again, delivered the people from the miseries into which their own sins had plunged them; and yet, in full memory of all this, says the indignant old man, "in the place of this invisible Ruler, so full of mercy and pity, you asked for an earthly king. The Lord has granted your petition now. Behold your king !" pointing to Saul at his side.--The old man continues: "Even after your ingratitude to the true King, still He will be with you and the man He has chosen for you, if only you and he are obedient to the old well-known Divine commandments." At this juncture Samuel strengthens his argument by invoking a sign from heaven. Awe-struck and appalled, the assembled elders, confessing their sin, ask for Samuel's prayers. The old prophet closes the solemn scene with a promise that his intercession for king and people shall never cease.

Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.--This should be compared with 1Samuel 8:7; 1Samuel 8:19-20; 1Samuel 8:22, where the proceedings of the deputation of the people to Samuel at Ramah are related at length. Their wishes expressed on that public occasion had been scrupulously carried out by him. He would now say a few words respecting the past, as regards his (Samuel's) administration, would ask the assembled elders of the nation a few grave questions, and then would leave them with their king. The account, as we possess it, of these proceedings at Gilgal on the occasion of the national reception of Saul as king, is in the form of a dialogue between the prophet Samuel and the elders of the people.

Verse 1. - I have hearkened unto your voice. See 1 Samuel 8:7, 9, 22. And Samuel said unto all Israel,.... When assembled at Gilgal, after they had recognized Saul as their king, and he was established in the kingdom, and while in the midst of their mirth and joy:

behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye have said unto me; respecting the affair of a king, to which it must be limited, as appears by what follows; otherwise it is possible, in some things they might apply to him about, he did not think fit to hearken to them, and grant their request, or speak for them:

and have made a king over you; that is, had by the direction and appointment of God chosen one by lot, anointed and declared him king; for it was the Lord alone, that, properly speaking, made him a king. CHAPTER 12

1Sa 12:1-5. Samuel Testifies his Integrity.

1-4. Samuel said unto all Israel—This public address was made after the solemn re-instalment of Saul, and before the convention at Gilgal separated. Samuel, having challenged a review of his public life, received a unanimous testimony to the unsullied honor of his personal character, as well as the justice and integrity of his public administration.12:1-5 Samuel not only cleared his own character, but set an example before Saul, while he showed the people their ingratitude to God and to himself. There is a just debt which all men to their own good name, especially men in public stations, which is, to guard it against unjust blame and suspicions, that they may finish their course with honour, as well as with joy. And that we have in our places lived honestly, will be our comfort, under any slights and contempt that may be put upon us.
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