1 Samuel 8:18
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New International Version
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

New Living Translation
When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the LORD will not help you."

English Standard Version
And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you've chosen for yourselves, but the LORD won't answer you on that day."

International Standard Version
When all of this comes about, you will cry out because of your king whom you chose for yourselves, but the LORD won't answer you at that time."

NET Bible
In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD won't answer you in that day."

New Heart English Bible
You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king whom you have chosen for yourselves. The LORD will not answer you when that day comes."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not answer you in that day.'

New American Standard 1977
“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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you, and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall have chosen; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

American King James Version
And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

American Standard Version
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen you; and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves. and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye have chosen; and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.

English Revised Version
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not answer you in that day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen for yourselves; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

World English Bible
You shall cry out in that day because of your king whom you shall have chosen you; and Yahweh will not answer you in that day."

Young's Literal Translation
And ye have cried out in that day because of the king whom ye have chosen for yourselves, and Jehovah doth not answer you in that day.'
Study Bible
Samuel's Warning About Kings
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." 19Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:17
"He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.

Proverbs 1:25
And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;

Proverbs 1:28
"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Isaiah 8:21
They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.

Micah 3:4
Then they will cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them. Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time Because they have practiced evil deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

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Isaiah 8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it …

and the Lord
`Hitherto,' says Puffendorf, `the people of Israel had lived under governors raised up by God, who had exacted no tribute of them, nor put them to any charge; but little content with this form of government, they desire to have a king like other nations, who should live in magnificence and pomp, keep armies, and be able to resist any invasion. Samuel informs them what it was they desired; that, when they understood it, they might consider whether they would persist in their choice. If they would have a king splendidly attended, he tells them that he would take their sons for his chariots, etc.: if they would have him keep up constant forces, then he would appoint then for colonels and captains, and employ those in his wars who were accustomed to follow their family business; and since, after the manner of other kings, he must keep a stately court, they must be content that their daughters should serve in several offices, which the king would think below the dignity of his wives and daughters (ver

1 Samuel 8:13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be …

will not hear

Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but …

Proverbs 1:25-28 But you have set at nothing all my counsel, and would none of my reproof…

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will …

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

(18) The Lord will not hear you in that day.--After the separation of the north and the south, when King Solomon was dead, a large proportion of the northern sovereigns--or kings, as they were called, of "Israel," in distinction to the southern monarchs, the kings of "Judah"--fulfilled in their lives and government of the realm the dark forebodings of the seer. The northern tribes broke with all the hallowed associations connected with the Ark and temple, and set up a rival and semi-idolatrous religion in some of their own popular centres. There no holy influences swayed the councils of their despotic kings. The lives of the Israelites who still loved the law of the Lord, and cherished the glorious memories of their fathers, must have been very bitter and hard when men like Omri and Ahab reigned with all their cruel power in Tirzah and Samaria.

But no prayers then availed; one wicked dynasty succeeded another, until the cup of iniquity was filled, and Israel carried away captive for ever out of their fair land.

Verse 18. - Ye shall cry. In despair at this cruel oppression ye shall appeal to Jehovah, but in vain. The king was given them at their own request, persisted in even after warning, and they must abide by their choice. It is worth noting that in the northern kingdom a majority of the kings more or less fulfilled Samuel's evil forebodings, and there they were much more completely the product of the temper condemned by the prophet than they were in Judah. The ten tribes roughly snapped the tie which bound them to Jehovah; they discarded the ark and all the services of the sanctuary, and were content with so poor an imitation of them that all piously disposed men were compelled to abandon their lands and migrate into Judaea (2 Chronicles 11:16); and so the majority of their kings, not being held in check by religious influences, were tyrants. At Jerusalem, on the contrary, most of them were content to remain within the limits of the Mosaic law, and were upon the whole a series of men far superior, not merely to the judges and the monarchs in old time, but to any European dynasty. And ye shall cry out in that day, because of your king,.... His power and pride, his oppression and tyranny, his heavy exactions, and intolerable yoke, and yet not be able to free themselves from them; all that they could do would be only to cry out under them as grievously distressed, and not knowing how to help themselves; and which would be the more aggravated, because they brought all this upon themselves, as it follows:

which ye shall have chosen you; for though the choice of a king for them, at a proper time, God had reserved to himself, yet in later times, as is here suggested, they would choose for themselves, and did, see Hosea 8:4 besides, to have a king in general was at first their own choice, though the particular person was by the designation of the Lord:

and the Lord will not hear you in that day; will not regard them, have no compassion on them, suffer them to remain under their oppressions, and not deliver them out of them; because they rejected him from being their King, and put themselves out of his protection, into the hands of another, and therefore it was just to leave them to their own choice. 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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