1And it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel.
2Now the name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.
3Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
4Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
5and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old and your sons have not walked in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6But the thing was evil in the eyes of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to Yahweh.
7And Yahweh said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from reigning over them.
8Just like all the works that they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day—they have forsaken me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.
9So now listen to their voice, but you must warn, yes, warn them and tell them the way of the king who will reign over them.”
10So Samuel told all the words of Yahweh to the people who asked him for a king.
11And he said, “This will be the way of the king who will reign over you:
12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to harvest his harvest and to make his implements of war and implements for his chariotry.
19But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No! But a king must be over us,
20so that we too may be like all the nations and so that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.”