1 Samuel 8:5
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New International Version
They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."

New Living Translation
"Look," they told him, "you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have."

English Standard Version
and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

New American Standard Bible
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."

King James Bible
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have."

International Standard Version
They told him, "Look, you're old, and your sons don't follow your example. So appoint a king to govern us like all the other nations."

NET Bible
They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons don't follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have."

New Heart English Bible
and they said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They told him, "You're old, and your sons aren't following your example. Now appoint a king to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto him: 'Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.'

New American Standard 1977
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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons do not walk in thy ways; therefore make us a king to judge us like all the Gentiles.

King James 2000 Bible
And said unto him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

American King James Version
And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

American Standard Version
and they said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said to him: Behold thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: make us a king, to judge us, as all nations have.

Darby Bible Translation
and said to him, Behold, thou art become old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now appoint us a king to judge us, like all the nations.

English Revised Version
and they said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said to him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

World English Bible
and they said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons don't walk in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

Young's Literal Translation
and say unto him, 'Lo, thou hast become aged, and thy sons have not walked in thy ways; now, appoint to us a king, to judge us, like all the nations.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Israel Demands a King
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." 6But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.…
Cross References
Acts 13:21
Then the people asked for a king, and God gave them forty years under Saul son of Kish, from the tribe of Benjamin.

Deuteronomy 17:14
"When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,'

Deuteronomy 17:15
you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.

1 Samuel 8:20
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."

1 Samuel 9:20
"As for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's household?"

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.

1 Samuel 12:13
"Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen, whom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a king over you.

Hosea 13:10
Where now is your king That he may save you in all your cities, And your judges of whom you requested, "Give me a king and princes "?
Treasury of Scripture

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