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1SAMUEL thus addressed the assembled Israelites: “I have listened to your request and installed a king to rule over you.

2The king is now your leader, while I am old and white-haired and my sons are with you; but I have been your leader from my youth to the present.

3Here I am! Cite your complaints against me in the presence of the LORD and of his anointed one. Whose ox have I taken, whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged, whom have I oppressed? From whom have I taken a bribe to turn a blind eye? Tell me, and I shall make restitution to you.”

4They answered, “You have not wronged us, you have not oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from anyone.”

5Samuel said to them, “This day the LORD is witness among you, his anointed king is witness, that you have found nothing in my hands.” They said, “He is witness.”

6Samuel said to the people, “The LORD is witness, the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up from Egypt.

7Now stand up, and here in the presence of the LORD I shall put the case against you and recite all the victories which he has won for you and for your forefathers.

8After Jacob and his sons had gone down to Egypt and suffered at the hands of the Egyptians, your forefathers appealed to the LORD for help, and he sent Moses and Aaron, who brought them out of Egypt and settled them in this place.

9But they forgot the LORD their God, and he abandoned them to Sisera, commander-in-chief of King Jabin of Hazor, to the Philistines, and to the king of Moab, and they had to fight against them.

10Then your forefathers cried to the LORD for help: ‘We have sinned in forsaking the LORD and worshipping the baalim and the ashtaroth. But now, deliver us from our enemies, and we shall worship you.’

11The LORD sent Jerubbaal and Barak, Jephthah and Samson, and delivered you from your enemies on every side; and you lived in security.

12“Yet when you saw Nahash king of the Ammonites coming against you, you said to me, ‘No, let us have a king to rule over us,’ although the LORD your God was your king.

13Now here is the king you chose; you asked for a king, and the LORD has set one over you.

14If you will revere the LORD and give true and loyal service, if you do not rebel against his commands, and if you and the king who reigns over you are faithful to the LORD your God, well and good;

15but if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, then his hand will be against you and against your king.

16“Stand now, and witness the great wonder which the LORD will perform before your eyes.

17It is now wheat harvest. When I call upon the LORD and he sends thunder and rain, you will know and see how displeasing it was to the LORD for you to ask for a king.”

18So Samuel called to the LORD and he sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people were in great fear of the LORD and of Samuel.

19The people all said to Samuel, “Pray for us your servants to the LORD your God, to save us from death; for we have added to all our other sins the great wickedness of asking for a king.”

20Samuel answered, “Do not be afraid; although you have been so wicked, do not give up the worship of the LORD, but serve him with all your heart.

21Do not turn to the worship of sham gods which can neither help nor save, because they are a sham.

22For his great name's sake the LORD will not cast you off, because he has resolved to make you his own people.

23“As for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. I shall show you what is right and good:

24to revere the LORD and worship him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you.

25But if you persist in wickedness, both you and your king will be swept away.”

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