New Living Translation
"We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle."
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.
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.
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.'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:20 Be like - What stupidity! It was their happiness that they were unlike all other nations, Numb 23:9 Deut 33:28, as in other glorious privileges, so especially in this, that the Lord was their immediate king and lawgiver. But they will have a king to go out before them, and to fight their battles. Could they desire a battle better fought for them than the last was, by Samuel's prayers and God's thunders? Were they fond to try the chance of war, at the same uncertainty that others did? And what was the issue? Their first king was slain in battle: and so was Joshua, one of the last and best.
1 Samuel 8:5
"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."
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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