1 Samuel 12
1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.
2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.
3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before יהוה, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.
5 And he said unto them, יהוה is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is יהוה that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before יהוה of all the righteous acts of יהוה, which he did to you and to your fathers.
8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto יהוה, then יהוה sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.
9 And when they forgat יהוה their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
10 And they cried unto יהוה, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken יהוה, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.
11 And יהוה sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.
12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when יהוה your God was your king.
13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, יהוה hath set a king over you.
14 If ye will fear יהוה, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of יהוה, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following יהוה your God:
15 But if ye will not obey the voice of יהוה, but rebel against the commandment of יהוה, then shall the hand of יהוה be against you, as it was against your fathers.
16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which יהוה will do before your eyes.
17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto יהוה, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of יהוה, in asking you a king.
18 So Samuel called unto יהוה; and יהוה sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared יהוה and Samuel.
19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto יהוה thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following יהוה, but serve יהוה with all your heart;
21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
22 For יהוה will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased יהוה to make you his people.
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against יהוה in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
24 Only fear יהוה, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you.
25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.