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1 Samuel 12 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:1 - And Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have hearkened to your voice in all that you have said to me, and have made a king over you.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:2 - And now, behold, the king walks before you; and I am old and gray, and behold, my sons are with you; and I have walked before you from my youth until this day.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:3 - Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:4 - They said, "You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:5 - And he said to them, "The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." And they said, "He is witness."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:6 - And Samuel said to the people, "The LORD is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:7 - Now therefore stand still, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the saving deeds of the LORD which he performed for you and for your fathers.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:8 - When Jacob went into Egypt and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried to the LORD and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:9 - But they forgot the LORD their God; and he sold them into the hand of Sis'era, commander of the army of Jabin king of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:10 - And they cried to the LORD, and said, 'We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served the Ba'als and the Ash'taroth; but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.'

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:11 - And the LORD sent Jerubba'al and Barak, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you dwelt in safety.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:12 - And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us,' when the LORD your God was your king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:13 - And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the LORD has set a king over you.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:14 - If you will fear the LORD and serve him and hearken to his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well;

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:15 - but if you will not hearken to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:16 - Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:17 - Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:18 - So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:19 - And all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:20 - And Samuel said to the people, "Fear not; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:21 - and do not turn aside after vain things which cannot profit or save, for they are vain.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:22 - For the LORD will not cast away his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:23 - Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:24 - Only fear the LORD, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 12:25 - But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king."

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