1 Samuel 8:20
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.”

Berean Study Bible
Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to judge us, to go out before us, and to 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.

New 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.”

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

NASB 1995
that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."

NASB 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.”

Amplified Bible
so that we too may be like all the nations [around us], that our king may judge [and govern] us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

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.”

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."

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we will also be like all of the nations, and our King will judge us, and he will go forth before us and he shall fight our battles!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
An we also will be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and shall 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.

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.

Good News Translation
so that we will be like other nations, with our own king to rule us and to lead us out to war and to 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."

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."

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.'

Literal Standard Version
and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king has judged us, and gone out before us, and fought 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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Grants the Request
19Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We must have a king over us. 20Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to judge us, to go out before us, and to fight our battles.” 21Samuel listened to all the words of the people and repeated them in the hearing of the LORD.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 8:5
"Look," they said, "you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king to judge us like all the other nations."

1 Samuel 12:2
Now here is the king walking before you, and I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have walked before you from my youth until 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 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.

Exodus 33:16
For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

Leviticus 20:24-26
But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people…









(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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then we will
אֲנַ֖חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's 587: We

be
וְהָיִ֥ינוּ (wə·hā·yî·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like all
כְּכָל־ (kə·ḵāl-)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the other nations,
הַגּוֹיִ֑ם (hag·gō·w·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

with a king
מַלְכֵּ֙נוּ֙ (mal·kê·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 4428: A king

to judge us,
וּשְׁפָטָ֤נוּ (ū·šə·p̄ā·ṭā·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular | first person common plural
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

to go out
וְיָצָ֣א (wə·yā·ṣā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

before us,
לְפָנֵ֔ינוּ (lə·p̄ā·nê·nū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 6440: The face

and to fight
וְנִלְחַ֖ם (wə·nil·ḥam)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3898: To feed on, to consume, to battle

our battles.”
מִלְחֲמֹתֵֽנוּ׃ (mil·ḥă·mō·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 4421: A battle, war


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