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1 Samuel 8 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:1 - And it cometh to pass, when Samuel is aged, that he maketh his sons judges over Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:2 - And the name of his first-born son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba:
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:3 - and his sons have not walked in his ways, and turn aside after the dishonest gain, and take a bribe, and turn aside judgment.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:4 - And all the elders of Israel gather themselves together, and come in unto Samuel to Ramath,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:5 - and say unto him, 'Lo, thou hast become aged, and thy sons have not walked in thy ways; now, appoint to us a king, to judge us, like all the nations.'
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:6 - And the thing is evil in the eyes of Samuel, when they have said, 'Give to us a king to judge us;' and Samuel prayeth unto Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:7 - And Jehovah saith unto Samuel, 'Hearken to the voice of the people, to all that they say unto thee, for thee they have not rejected, but Me they have rejected, from reigning over them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:8 - According to all the works that they have done from the day of My bringing them up out of Egypt, even unto this day, when they forsake Me, and serve other gods -- so they are doing also to thee.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:9 - And now, hearken to their voice; only, surely thou dost certainly protest to them, and hast declared to them the custom of the king who doth reign over them.'

Warning concerning a King

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:10 - And Samuel speaketh all the words of Jehovah unto the people who are asking from him a king,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:11 - and saith, 'This is the custom of the king who doth reign over you: Your sons he doth take, and hath appointed for himself among his chariots, and among his horsemen, and they have run before his chariots;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:12 - also to appoint for himself heads of thousands, and heads of fifties; also to plow his plowing, and to reap his reaping; and to make instruments of his war, and instruments of his charioteer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:13 - 'And your daughters he doth take for perfumers, and for cooks, and for bakers;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:14 - and your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards -- the best -- he doth take, and hath given to his servants.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:15 - And your seed and your vineyards he doth tithe, and hath given to his eunuchs, and to his servants.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:16 - And your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your young men -- the best, and your asses, he doth take, and hath prepared for his own work;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:17 - your flock he doth tithe, and ye are to him for servants.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:18 - And ye have cried out in that day because of the king whom ye have chosen for yourselves, and Jehovah doth not answer you in that day.'
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:19 - And the people refuse to hearken to the voice of Samuel, and say, 'Nay, but a king is over us,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:20 - 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.'
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:21 - And Samuel heareth all the words of the people, and speaketh them in the ears of Jehovah;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 8:22 - and Jehovah saith unto Samuel, 'Hearken to their voice, and thou hast caused to reign over them a king.' And Samuel saith unto the men of Israel, 'Go ye each to his city.'

The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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