and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now (A)appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing was [a](B)displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And (C)Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for (D)they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:6 Or evil

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king(A) to lead[a](B) us, such as all the other nations(C) have.”

But when they said, “Give us a king(D) to lead us,” this displeased(E) Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen(F) to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected,(G) but they have rejected me as their king.(H)

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:5 Traditionally judge; also in verses 6 and 20

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