New Living Translation
As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.
King James Bible
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
World English Bible
It happened, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, when Samuel is aged, that he maketh his sons judges over Israel.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:1 Old - And so unfit for his former travels and labours. He is not supposed to have been now above sixty years of age. But he had spent his strength and spirits in the fatigue of public business: and now if he thinks to shake himself as at other times, he finds he is mistaken: age has cut his hair. They that are in the prime of their years, ought to be busy in doing the work of life: for as they go into years, they will find themselves less disposed to it, and less capable of it. Judges - Not supreme judges, for such there was to be but one, and that of God's chusing; and Samuel still kept that office in his own hands, chap.7:15, but his deputies, to go about and determine matters, but with reservation of a right of appeals to himself. He had doubtless instructed them in a singular manner, and fitted them for the highest employments; and he hoped that the example he had sent them, and the authority he still had over them, would oblige them to diligence and faithfulness in their trust.
"Appoint judges and officials for yourselves from each of your tribes in all the towns the LORD your God is giving you. They must judge the people fairly.
You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.
1 Samuel 12:2
Your king is now your leader. I stand here before you--an old, gray-haired man--and my sons serve you. I have served as your leader from the time I was a boy to this very day.
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