1 Samuel Chapter 8
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8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Samuel Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
The evil government of Samuel's sons. (1-3) The Israelites ask for a king. (4-9) The manner of a king. (10-22)1-3 It does not appear that Samuel's sons were so profane and vicious as Eli's sons; but they were corrupt judges, they turned aside after lucre. Samuel took no bribes, but his sons did, and then they perverted judgment. What added to the grievance of the people was, that they were threatened by an invasion from Nahash, king of the Ammonites.
4-9 Samuel was displeased; he could patiently bear what reflected on himself, and his own family; but it displeased him when they said, Give us a king to judge us, because that reflected upon God. It drove him to his knees. When any thing disturbs us, it is our interest, as well as our duty, to show our trouble before God. Samuel is to tell them that they shall have a king. Not that God was pleased with their request, but as sometimes he opposes us from loving-kindness, so at other times he gratifies us in wrath; he did so here. God knows how to bring glory to himself, and serves his own wise purposes, even by men's foolish counsels.
10-22 If they would have a king to rule them, as the eastern kings ruled their subjects, they would find the yoke exceedingly heavy. Those that submit to the government of the world and the flesh, are told plainly, what hard masters they are, and what tyranny the dominion of sin is. The law of God and the manner of men widely differ from each other; the former should be our rule in the several relations of life; the latter should be the measure of our expectations from others. These would be their grievances, and, when they complained to God, he would not hear them. When we bring ourselves into distress by our own wrong desires and projects, we justly forfeit the comfort of prayer, and the benefit of Divine aid. The people were obstinate and urgent in their demand. Sudden resolves and hasty desires make work for long and leisurely repentance. Our wisdom is, to be thankful for the advantages, and patient under the disadvantages of the government we may live under; and to pray continually for our rulers, that they may govern us in the fear of God, and that we may live under them in all godliness and honesty. And it is a hopeful symptom when our desires of worldly objects can brook delay; and when we can refer the time and manner of their being granted to God's providence.
Pam's 1 Samuel Chapter 8 comment on 4/19/2013, 2:44pm...
Our God is so good!!!
Kells's 1 Samuel Chapter 8 comment on 8/16/2012, 9:49am...
Our father jehova is not a forcefull God he will show himself in that thing u badly want and reaveal unto u that its not good for u so u would then chose which voice to hear the voice of the lord or the voice of the flesh right so he will leave it becouse to evirythin has its reward and consequences.
Fruitful's 1 Samuel Chapter 8 comment on 12/10/2011, 6:02pm...
When people keep doing opposite of what God wants, they will be punished. Somewhere. Somehow. Instead of praying and waiting for a king that God appoints/provides, people stupidly put the person of their choosing in control. This is another example of history repeating itself, in a bad way. The world is how it is because people don't pray, repent to God. Instead of asking and witing for God to take control of a situation, man does instead. Most men think they know better than God. Some don't even beleive in God. An example of God letting the people "get" what they want. An example of be careful what you want. God may just give it to you.
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