1 SAMUEL 7:11 – 8:15
7:11 And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and they struck them as far as below Beth-car.
7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen; and he called its name Ebenezer and said, Thus far Jehovah has helped us.
7:13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they no longer came into the territory of Israel. And the hand of Jehovah was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were returned to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel rescued their territory from the hand of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
7:16 And he went year by year in circuit to Bethel and Gilgal and Mizpah, and he judged Israel in all those places.
7:17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his house was there. And he judged Israel there and built an altar to Jehovah there.
8:1 Now when Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
8:2 And the name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second was Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.
8:3 But his sons did not follow in his ways, but turned aside after unjust gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
8:5 And they said to him, You are now old, and your sons do not follow in your ways. Appoint now for us a king to judge us like all the nations.
8:6 But the matter displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to judge us. Then Samuel prayed to Jehovah.
8:7 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people according to all that they have said to you; for it is not you whom they have rejected, but they have rejected Me from being King over them.
8:8 Like all the deeds that they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt to this very day by forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they do also to you.
8:9 Now therefore listen to their voice, but you shall solemnly warn them and declare to them the practice of the king who will reign over them.
8:10 So Samuel spoke all the words of Jehovah to the people, who had asked him for a king.
8:11 And he said, This will be the practice of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for himself to his chariots and as his horsemen, and they will run before his chariots;
8:12 And he will appoint them for himself as captains of thousands and as captains of fifties, and to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war and the equipment for his chariots.
8:13 And he will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
8:14 And he will take your best fields and vineyards and olive groves, and give them to his servants.
8:15 And he will exact a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give it to his eunuchs and servants.
1 SAMUEL 7:11 – 8:15