1 Samuel 8:4
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New International Version
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

New Living Translation
Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel.

English Standard Version
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah

New American Standard Bible
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;

King James Bible
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah.

International Standard Version
All the elders of Israel gathered together, and came to Samuel at Ramah.

NET Bible
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah.

New Heart English Bible
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then all the leaders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah.

New American Standard 1977
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together and came to Samuel in Ramah

King James 2000 Bible
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

American King James Version
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

American Standard Version
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then all the ancients of Israel being assembled, came to Samuel to Ramatha.

Darby Bible Translation
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

English Revised Version
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then all the elders of Israel assembled, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

World English Bible
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah;

Young's Literal Translation
And all the elders of Israel gather themselves together, and come in unto Samuel to Ramath,
Study Bible
Israel Demands a King
3His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice. 4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; 5and 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."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 7:17
Then his return was to Ramah, for his house was there, and there he judged Israel; and he built there an altar to the LORD.

1 Samuel 8:10
So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.

1 Samuel 11:3
The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you."

2 Samuel 3:17
Now Abner had consultation with the elders of Israel, saying, "In times past you were seeking for David to be king over you.
Treasury of Scripture

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

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(4) All the elders of Israel.--We have here a clear trace of a popular assembly which seems in all times to have existed in Israel. Such a body appears to have met for deliberation even during the Egyptian captivity (see Exodus 3:16). Of this popular council we know little beyond the fact of its existence. It seems to have been composed of representatives of the people, qualified by birth or office; these were known as "elders." Ewald sees special allusions to the "Parliament" or Assembly of Elders in Psalms 1. and 82. There are, however, various mentions of these councils in the Books of Samuel, Kings, Jeremiah, and Isaiah.

Verses 4, 5. - The elders of Israel. Here, as elsewhere (1 Samuel 15:30:2 Samuel 5:3; 1 Kings 8:3, etc.), we have traces of a popular assembly, representing the Israelite nation, and composed probably of the chiefs and heads of fathers houses. Already in Egypt (Exodus 3:16, etc.) we find stone such body in existence, and it seems to have lasted throughout the whole history of the nation; for it outlived the monarchy, gained increased power after the exile, and continued down to New Testament times. The demand, therefore, for a king, though a sort of revolt against Samuel's authority, was at least made in a constitutional manner, and came before him with all the weight of a formal decision on the part of the representatives of the nation. They put it also in the form of a request, for which they give two reasons. First, the decay of his physical powers - Behold, thou art old. Wise and vigorous as his rule had been, yet with increasing years there was less of energy; and the events recorded as having occurred at the beginning of Saul's reign show, that in order to check the increasing power of the Philistines, a leader was needed who was at once daring, resolute, and skilful in war. But there was a further reason - Thy sons walk not in thy ways. These words show that the elders had the most perfect confidence in Samuel. They felt that he would not connive at the wickedness of his sons, but would do what was right by the nation. Thus they had everything to hope from the father's justice, while if they waited till his death the sons might resist what was virtually their deposition. That the sons of a judge possessed considerable power see Judges 9:2. Make us a king to judge us like all the nations. I.e. just as all the heathen nations have a king. The words are those of Deuteronomy 17:14, and were probably intended to remind Samuel that the nation was only asking what had virtually been promised. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,.... At some place of rendezvous appointed; these were the heads of the tribes, and fathers of the houses and families of Israel, the principal persons of age and authority:

and came to Samuel unto Ramah; the place of his nativity and abode, and where he now dwelt, and judged Israel; they went in a very respectable body with an address to him. 8:4-9 Samuel was displeased; he could patiently bear what reflected on himself, and his own family; but it displeased him when they said, Give us a king to judge us, because that reflected upon God. It drove him to his knees. When any thing disturbs us, it is our interest, as well as our duty, to show our trouble before God. Samuel is to tell them that they shall have a king. Not that God was pleased with their request, but as sometimes he opposes us from loving-kindness, so at other times he gratifies us in wrath; he did so here. God knows how to bring glory to himself, and serves his own wise purposes, even by men's foolish counsels.
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