1 Samuel 12:22
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New International Version
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

New Living Translation
The LORD will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people.

English Standard Version
For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.

New American Standard Bible
"For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will not abandon His people, because of His great name and because He has determined to make you His own people.

International Standard Version
Indeed, the LORD won't abandon His people for the sake of His great name, for the LORD desires to make you a people for himself.

NET Bible
The LORD will not abandon his people because he wants to uphold his great reputation. The LORD was pleased to make you his own people.

New Heart English Bible
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people to himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For the sake of his great name, the LORD will not abandon his people, because the LORD wants to make you his people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD will not forsake His people for His great name's sake; because it hath pleased the LORD to make you a people unto Himself.

New American Standard 1977
“For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.

American King James Version
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah will not forsake his people for his great name's sake, because it hath pleased Jehovah to make you a people unto himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because the Lord hath sworn to make you his people.

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah will not cast away his people for his great name's sake; because it has pleased Jehovah to make you his people.

English Revised Version
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you a people unto himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
For Yahweh will not forsake his people for his great name's sake, because it has pleased Yahweh to make you a people to himself.

Young's Literal Translation
for Jehovah doth not leave His people, on account of His great name; for Jehovah hath been pleased to make you to Him for a people.
Study Bible
Samuel's Farewell Address
21"You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 22"For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. 23"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.…
Cross References
Romans 11:1
I ask then, did God reject His people? Certainly not! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Exodus 32:12
"Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth '? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.

Numbers 14:13
But Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst,

Deuteronomy 7:6
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."

Joshua 7:9
"For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?"

1 Kings 6:13
"I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel."

1 Kings 8:57
"May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us,

Psalm 94:14
For the LORD will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.

the Lord

Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will …

1 Kings 6:13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake …

2 Kings 21:14 And I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance, and deliver them …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake …

Isaiah 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their …

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Jeremiah 33:24-26 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

Lamentations 3:31,32 For the LORD will not cast off for ever…

Lamentations 5:20 Why do you forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

for his great

Exodus 32:12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring …

Numbers 14:13-19 And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for …

Deuteronomy 32:26,27 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance …

Joshua 7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear …

Psalm 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make …

Isaiah 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for my own sake, and for my …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 48:11 For my own sake, even for my own sake, will I do it: for how should …

Jeremiah 14:7,21 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do you it for your …

Ezekiel 20:9,14 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

Ephesians 1:6,12 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

it hath

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

Deuteronomy 9:5 Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Malachi 1:2 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved …

Matthew 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Romans 9:13-18 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated…

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

(22) It hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.--The simple doctrine of election--as far as we can see, based alone on the arbitrary will of God (though, no doubt, unseen by us, deep reasons exist for every seemingly arbitrary choice)--is here enunciated. The analogy of every-day life teaches the same truth. "He maketh one vessel to honour and another to dishonour." These things are to us inscrutable.

Verse 22. - For his great name's sake. Though Samuel in ver. 14 had described their well being as dependent upon their own conduct, yet in a higher light it depended upon God's will. He had chosen Israel not for its own sake (Deuteronomy 7:7, 8), but for a special purpose, to minister to the Divine plan for the redemption of all mankind, and so, though individuals might sin to their own ruin, and the nation bring upon itself severe chastisements, yet it must continue according to the tenor of God's promises (see on 1 Samuel 2:30), and through weal and woe discharge the duty imposed upon it. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake. For the sake of himself, his honour and glory; should he forsake his people, and suffer them to come to ruin, his name would be blasphemed among the Heathens; he would be charged either with want of power to help them, or with want of faithfulness to his promise to them, and with inconstancy to himself, or want of kindness and affection for them; all which would reflect upon his honour and glory:

because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people; it was not owing to any worth or worthiness in them that they became his people, but to his own sovereign good will and pleasure; and therefore, as it was nothing in them that was the cause of their being taken by him for his people, so nothing in them could be the cause of their being rejected by him as such; it was of free grace and favour that they were taken into covenant with him, and by the same would be retained: the Vulgate Latin version is,"the Lord hath sworn to make you a people for himself;''so Jarchi interprets it, he swore, and takes it to have the same sense as in 1 Samuel 14:24. 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.
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