1 Samuel 8:20
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New International Version
Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."

New Living Translation
"We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle."

English Standard Version
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

New American Standard Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."

King James Bible
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then we'll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles."

International Standard Version
We, too, will be like all the nations! Our king will govern us and go out before us to fight our battles."

NET Bible
We will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us and lead us and fight our battles."

New Heart English Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then we, too, will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us, lead us out [to war], and fight our battles."

JPS Tanakh 1917
that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.'

New American Standard 1977
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
that we also may be like all the Gentiles and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.

King James 2000 Bible
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

American King James Version
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

American Standard Version
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we also will be like all nations: and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and tight our battles for us.

Darby Bible Translation
that we also may be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and conduct our wars.

English Revised Version
that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

Webster's Bible Translation
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

World English Bible
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."

Young's Literal Translation
and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king hath judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.'
Study Bible
God Grants the Request
19Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us, 20that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles." 21Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the LORD'S hearing.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:5
and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."

1 Samuel 12:2
"Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.
Treasury of Scripture

That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

1 Samuel 8:5 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your …

Exodus 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and your people have found …

Leviticus 20:24-26 But I have said to you, You shall inherit their land, and I will …

Numbers 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Psalm 106:35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

(20) Like all the nations.--There is something strangely painful in these terms with which the elders urged their request--the wish "to be like other nations" seems to have been very strong with them. They forgot, or chose to ignore, the solitary position of lofty pre-eminence God had given them among the nations. They had, it is true, failed to comprehend it in past, as in present days, but this haste to give up their lofty privileges, and to descend from the pedestal on which their God had set them, was in the eye of one like Samuel a strange inexplicable foolishness.

That we also may be like all the nations,.... Even though they were slaves, like them; a king they would have, as they had, such was their stupidity. It was their greatest honour and glory, as well as happiness, not to be like other nations; as in their religion, laws, and liberties, so in their form of government; God being their King in such a peculiar sense as he was not of others, but with this they could not be content:

and that our king may judge us; hear their causes, administer justice and judgment to them, protect their persons and properties, and rule them according to the civil laws that were given them:

and go out before us, and fight our battles; which Samuel their present judge did not, and to which perhaps they may have some respect; but then he gained more for them by his prayers, than a king or general would by his military skill or prowess, see 1 Samuel 7:10, and it is very remarkable, and what is observed by some, that their first king died in a battle. What made them so pressing and importunate to have a king at, this time, and not defer it to another, it is very probable was, that they understood that Nahash, king of the children of Ammon, was preparing to attack them, and therefore they were desirous to have a king also to go out before them, and meet him, and give him battle, 1 Samuel 12:12. 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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