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.”

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

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 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…







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

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

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

the other nations,
הַגּוֹיִ֑ם (hag·gō·w·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6440: The face

and to fight
וְנִלְחַ֖ם (wə·nil·ḥam)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 4421: A battle, war
(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.

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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