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The name of his firstborn son was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba. His sons did not follow Samuel’s example.[a] Instead, they pursued[b] dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.[c]

All the elders of Israel gathered together, and came to Samuel at Ramah.

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  1. 1 Samuel 8:3 Lit. not walk in his ways
  2. 1 Samuel 8:3 Lit. turned after
  3. 1 Samuel 8:3 Lit. caused justice to be turned aside

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