1 Samuel 12:16
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New International Version
"Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!

New Living Translation
"Now stand here and see the great thing the LORD is about to do.

English Standard Version
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.

New American Standard Bible
"Even now, take your stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes.

King James Bible
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Now, therefore, present yourselves and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.

International Standard Version
"Now then, stand up and see this great thing that the LORD is about to do before your eyes.

NET Bible
"So now, take your positions and watch this great thing that the LORD is about to do in your sight.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now then, stand still and watch this great thing the LORD is going to do right before your eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now, therefore, stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

American King James Version
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

American Standard Version
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which Jehovah will do before your eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now then stand, and see this great thing which the Lord will do in your sight.

Darby Bible Translation
Now therefore stand and see this great thing which Jehovah will do before your eyes.

English Revised Version
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

World English Bible
"Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which Yahweh will do before your eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
'Also now, station yourselves and see this great thing which Jehovah is doing before your eyes;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16-25 At Samuel's word, God sent thunder and rain, at a season of the year when, in that country, the like was not seen. This was to convince them they had done wickedly in asking a king; not only by its coming at an unusual time, in wheat harvest, and on a clear day, but by the prophet's giving notice of it before. He showed their folly in desiring a king to save them, rather than God, or Samuel; promising themselves more from an arm of flesh, than from the arm of God, or from the power of prayer. Could their prince command such forces as the prophet could do by his prayers? It startled them very much. Some will not be brought to see their sins by any gentler methods than storms and thunders. They entreat Samuel to pray for them. Now they see their need of him whom shortly before they slighted. Thus many who will not have Christ to reign over them, would yet be glad to have him intercede for them, to turn away the wrath of God. Samuel aims to confirm the people in their religion. Whatever we make a god of, we shall find it deceive us. Creatures in their own places are good; but when put in God's place, they are vain things. We sin if we restrain prayer, and in particular if we cease praying for the church. They only asked him to pray for them; but he promises to do more, to teach them. He urges that they were bound in gratitude to serve God, considering what great things he had done for them; and that they were bound in interest to serve him, considering what he would do against them, if they should still do wickedly. Thus, as a faithful watchman, he gave them warning, and so delivered his own soul. If we consider what great things the Lord hath done for us, especially in the great work of redemption, we can neither want motive, encouragement, nor assistance in serving him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Stand. Better stand forth, as in ver. 7; take your places in solemn order.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now therefore stand,.... Which does not so much respect the position of their bodies as the fixed attention of their minds:

and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes; meaning the storm of thunder and rain which presently followed; which coming at a time when such things were not usual, and on a day when there was no appearance or likelihood of anything of this kind, and suddenly, at once, upon the prayer of Samuel, it was no less than a miracle, and might be called a "great thing", new and unheard of, and the pure effect of almighty power.



1 Samuel 12:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samuel's Farewell Address
15"If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the command of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers. 16"Even now, take your stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes. 17"Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to the LORD, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king."…
Cross References
Exodus 14:13
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Exodus 14:31
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Treasury of Scripture

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