1 Samuel 8:2
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New International Version
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.

King James Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

Darby Bible Translation
And the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they judged in Beer-sheba.

World English Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba.

Young's Literal Translation
And the name of his first-born son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When Samuel was old - Supposed to be about sixty.

He made his sons judges - He appointed them as his lieutenants to superintend certain affairs in Beer-sheba, which he could not conveniently attend to himself. But they were never judges in the proper sense of the word; Samuel was the last judge in Israel, and he judged it to the day of his death. See 1 Samuel 7:16.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Joel

1 Chronicles 6:28,38 And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah...

Vashni

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'Make us a King'
'Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel, onto Ramah, 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. 6. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. 7. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Genesis 22:19
Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

1 Kings 19:3
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

1 Chronicles 6:28
The sons of Samuel: Joel the firstborn and Abijah the second son.

Amos 5:5
do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing."

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