1 Samuel 8:17
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New International Version
He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.

New Living Translation
He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves.

English Standard Version
He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.

New American Standard Bible
"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.

King James Bible
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He can take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves can become his servants.

International Standard Version
He will take a tenth of your flock, and you will become his servants.

NET Bible
He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will be his servants.

New Heart English Bible
He will take the tenth of your flocks: and you shall be his servants.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will take a tenth of your flocks. In addition, you will be his servants.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He will take the tenth of your flocks; and ye shall be his servants.

New American Standard 1977
“He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He will also take the tenth of your sheep, and finally ye shall be his slaves.

King James 2000 Bible
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and you shall be his servants.

American King James Version
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and you shall be his servants.

American Standard Version
He will take the tenth of your flocks: and ye shall be his servants.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your flocks also he will tithe, and you shall be his servants.

Darby Bible Translation
He will take the tenth of your sheep. And ye shall be his servants.

English Revised Version
He will take the tenth of your flocks: and ye shall be his servants.

Webster's Bible Translation
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye will be his servants.

World English Bible
He will take the tenth of your flocks: and you shall be his servants.

Young's Literal Translation
your flock he doth tithe, and ye are to him for servants.
Study Bible
Samuel's Warning About Kings
16"He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work. 17"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:16
"He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.

1 Samuel 8:18
"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

1 Samuel 17:8
He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, "Why do you come out to draw up in battle array? Am I not the Philistine and you servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me.
Treasury of Scripture

He will take the tenth of your sheep: and you shall be his servants.

(17) And ye shall be his servants.--This statement generally includes all that has gone before. In other words, "Ye elders and chiefs of the people must make up your minds, in the event of electing a king, to the loss of all political and social freedom." How bitterly the nation, even in the successful and glorious reign of King Solomon, felt the pressure of the royal yoke, so truly foretold by their last judge, is shown in the history of the times which followed the death of Solomon, when the public discontent at the brilliant but despotic rule of the great king led to the revolution which split up the people into two nations. (See 1Kings 12:4.) "This whole passage bears internal evidence of having been written before the establishment of the monarchy."--Speaker's Commentary.

Verse 17. - His servants. Literally, "his slaves." Under an absolute monarchy no one is flee. He will take the tenth of your sheep,.... As well as of their seed and vineyards; and not the tithe of their flocks only, but of their herds also, which are here included, as Kimchi observes:

and ye shall be his servants: made slaves of by him, even as the Canaanitish servants were, according to Abarbinel; though others interpret it more mildly of their being obliged to pay tribute and taxes, for the support of his government. 8:10-22 If they would have a king to rule them, as the eastern kings ruled their subjects, they would find the yoke exceedingly heavy. Those that submit to the government of the world and the flesh, are told plainly, what hard masters they are, and what tyranny the dominion of sin is. The law of God and the manner of men widely differ from each other; the former should be our rule in the several relations of life; the latter should be the measure of our expectations from others. These would be their grievances, and, when they complained to God, he would not hear them. When we bring ourselves into distress by our own wrong desires and projects, we justly forfeit the comfort of prayer, and the benefit of Divine aid. The people were obstinate and urgent in their demand. Sudden resolves and hasty desires make work for long and leisurely repentance. Our wisdom is, to be thankful for the advantages, and patient under the disadvantages of the government we may live under; and to pray continually for our rulers, that they may govern us in the fear of God, and that we may live under them in all godliness and honesty. And it is a hopeful symptom when our desires of worldly objects can brook delay; and when we can refer the time and manner of their being granted to God's providence.
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