1 SAMUEL 12:10-25
12:10 Then they cried out to Jehovah and said, We have sinned, for we have forsaken Jehovah and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but deliver us now from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve You.
12:11 And Jehovah sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and He delivered you from the hand of your enemies all around; and you dwelt securely.
12:12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, No; but a king will reign over us, though Jehovah your God was your King.
12:13 Now therefore here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have asked for. See then, Jehovah has set a king over you.
12:14 If you fear Jehovah and serve Him and listen to His voice and do not rebel against the commandment of Jehovah, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow Jehovah your God, fine.
12:15 But if you do not listen to the voice of Jehovah, but rebel against the commandment of Jehovah, then the hand of Jehovah will be against you, as it was against your fathers.
12:16 Now therefore stand here and see this great thing that Jehovah will do before your eyes.
12:17 Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to Jehovah, that He send thunder and rain; and you will know and see that your wickedness which you have done in the sight of Jehovah by asking for a king for yourselves is great.
12:18 And Samuel called to Jehovah, and Jehovah sent thunder and rain on that day. And all the people feared Jehovah and Samuel greatly.
12:19 Then all the people said to Samuel, Pray to Jehovah your God for your servants that we would not die, for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking for a king for ourselves.
12:20 And Samuel said to the people, Do not be afraid. You have done all this evil, yet do not turn away from following Jehovah, but serve Jehovah with all your heart.
12:21 And do not turn away, for your turning away would be after vain idols, which cannot profit or deliver you, for they are vanity.
12:22 For because of His great name Jehovah will not forsake His people, for Jehovah has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
12:23 Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I would sin against Jehovah by ceasing to pray for you, but I will instruct you in the good and right way.
12:24 Only, fear Jehovah and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things He has done for you.
12:25 But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be consumed.
1 SAMUEL 12:10-25