The Lord Grants Israel's Request
But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, "No! But there shall be a king over us,
d that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, e "Obey their voice and make them a king." Samuel then said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city."
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1 Samuel 8:5
And said to him, "Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1 Samuel 8:7
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.