1Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and have made a king over you.
2Now behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray–headed; and behold, my sons are with you:, and I have walked before you from my youth to this day.
3Here I am. Witness against me before Yahweh and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Of whose hand have I taken a ransom to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.”
They said, “He is witness.”
6Samuel said to the people, “It is Yahweh who appointed Moses and Aaron and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
7Now therefore stand still, that I may plead with you before Yahweh concerning all the righteous acts of Yahweh that he did for you and for your fathers.
8“When Jacob had come into Egypt and your fathers cried out to Yahweh, then Yahweh sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them live in this place.
9But they forgot Yahweh their God, and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them.
10They cried out to Yahweh and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken Yahweh and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.’
11Yahweh sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety.
12When you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king must reign over us,’ when Yahweh your God was your king.
13“Now therefore see the king whom you have chosen and whom you have asked for, and behold, Yahweh has set a king over you.
14If you will fear Yahweh and serve him, and listen to his voice and not rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then both you and also the king who reigns over you are followers of Yahweh your God.
15But if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh, but rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then will the hand of Yahweh be against you as it was against your fathers.
16“Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that Yahweh will do before your eyes.
17Isn’t it wheat harvest today? I will call to Yahweh so that he will send thunder and rain; and you will know and see that your wickedness is great that you have done in the eyes of Yahweh in asking for a king.”
18So Samuel called to Yahweh, and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel.
20Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid. You have indeed done all this evil; yet do not turn aside from following Yahweh, but serve Yahweh with all your heart.
21Do not turn aside to go after vain things that cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.
22For Yahweh will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased Yahweh to make you a people to himself.
23“Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against Yahweh in ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
24Only fear Yahweh, and serve him in truth with all your heart, for consider how great things he has done for you.
25But if you will still do wickedly, you will be consumed, both you and your king.”