1 Samuel 12

English Standard Version

1 And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you. (1Sa 8:5; 1Sa 8:19; 1Sa 10:24; 1Sa 11:14) 2 And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day. (Nu 27:17; 1Sa 8:1; 1Sa 8:5; 1Sa 8:20) 3 Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me[1] and I will restore it to you.” (Ex 20:17; Nu 16:15; 1Sa 10:1; 1Sa 24:6; 1Sa 26:9; 1Sa 26:11; 1Sa 26:16; 2Sa 1:14; 2Sa 1:16) 4 They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.” 5 And he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.” (Ex 21:16; Ex 22:4; 1Sa 12:3) 6 And Samuel said to the people, “The Lord is witness,[2] who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. (Mic 6:4) 7 Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers. 8 When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them,[3] then your fathers cried out to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. (Ge 46:5; Ex 2:23; Ex 3:10; Ex 4:14; 1Sa 10:18) 9 But they forgot the Lord their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor,[4] and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them. (Jud 3:7; Jud 3:12; Jud 3:31; Jud 4:2; Jud 10:7; Jud 13:1) 10 And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ (Jud 2:13; Jud 3:9; Jud 10:10; Jud 10:15) 11 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak[5] and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. (Jud 4:6; Jud 4:8; Jud 4:10; Jud 6:14; Jud 6:32; Jud 11:1; 1Sa 7:10) 12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. (Jud 8:23; 1Sa 8:5; 1Sa 8:7; 1Sa 8:19; 1Sa 10:19; 1Sa 11:1) 13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you. (1Sa 9:16; 1Sa 10:24; Ho 13:11) 14 If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. (De 6:2; Jos 24:14; 1Sa 12:24) 15 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you and your king.[6] (Le 26:14; De 28:15; Jos 24:20; 1Sa 5:9; 1Sa 12:9) 16 Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes. (Ex 14:13) 17 Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the Lord, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking for yourselves a king.” (1Sa 7:9; 1Sa 8:7; Pr 26:1; Jas 5:16) 18 So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. (Ex 14:31; Ezr 10:9) 19 And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” (Ex 9:28; Ex 10:17; 1Sa 12:23; Jer 15:1) 20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. (De 11:16) 21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. (1Sa 12:20; Jer 16:19; Hab 2:18; 1Co 8:4) 22 For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. (De 7:7; De 14:2; Jos 7:9; 1Ki 6:13; 1Ki 8:57; Ps 94:14; Ps 106:8; Jer 14:21; Eze 20:9; Eze 20:14; Eze 20:22; 1Pe 2:9) 23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. (1Sa 12:19; 1Ki 8:36; 2Ch 6:27; Ps 27:11; Pr 4:11; Jer 6:16) 24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. (De 10:21; 1Sa 12:14; Ps 126:2; Ec 12:13) 25 But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” (Nu 16:26; De 28:36; Jos 24:20)