1 Samuel 12:24
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New International Version
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

New Living Translation
But be sure to fear the LORD and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you.

English Standard Version
Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

New American Standard Bible
"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

King James Bible
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Above all, fear the LORD and worship Him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things He has done for you.

International Standard Version
Only, fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Indeed, consider what great things he has done for you.

NET Bible
However, fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fear the LORD, and serve him sincerely. Consider the great things he did for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only fear the LORD and serve him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things he has done with you.

King James 2000 Bible
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.

American King James Version
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he has done for you.

American Standard Version
Only fear Jehovah, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in truth and with your whole heart, for you have seen the great works which he hath done among you.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, fear Jehovah, and serve him in truth, with all your heart; for see how great things he has done for you.

English Revised Version
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

World English Bible
Only fear Yahweh, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he has done for you.

Young's Literal Translation
only, fear ye Jehovah, and ye have served Him in truth with all your heart, for see that which He hath made great with you;
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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 24. - For consider, etc. Samuel concludes his address by appealing to the mighty deeds wrought in old time by Jehovah for his people; literally, it is, "For consider how grandly he hath wrought with you."





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart,.... Fear him not with a servile fear, which is before dehorted from, but with a filial fear, a reverential affection for God; and includes the whole of religious worship, internal and external; explained further by serving him according to the truth of his word, and in a cordial, sincere, and affectionate manner; and if this was wanting in them, he suggests that his prayers and instructions would be of little avail, and not to be depended on:

for consider how great things he hath done for you; in bringing them out of Egypt: settling them in the land of Canaan; giving them his laws, statutes, commands, and ordinances; sending prophets unto them, and raising up judges for them, and bestowing all good things on them, in nature, providence, and grace; though some restrain this to the great thing he had done that day, to convince them of their sin, and by which they were returned to the Lord, namely, the violent storm of thunder; which wonderful instance of the power of God, and token of his displeasure against them, they were to lay up in their minds, and not forget, that it might be a means of preserving them from sin for the future.



1 Samuel 12:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samuel's Farewell Address
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. 24"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. 25"But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away."
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:21
He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Joshua 24:14
"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Isaiah 5:12
They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands.
Treasury of Scripture

Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he has done for you.

fear the Lord

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

in truth

Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes; that I be not ashamed.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

consider

Ezra 9:13,14 And after all that is come on us for our evil deeds, and for our …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

how great things. or, what a great thing, etc.

Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these …

Psalm 126:2,3 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: …

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