1 Samuel 8:1

“And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe, when Samuel was old, that he made his sonnes Iudges ouer Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now when Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
- Webster's Bible

It happened, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
- World English Bible

And it cometh to pass, when Samuel [is] aged, that he maketh his sons judges over Israel.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 8:1


8:1 Old - And so unfit for his former travels and labours. He is not supposed to have been now above sixty years of age. But he had spent his strength and spirits in the fatigue of public business: and now if he thinks to shake himself as at other times, he finds he is mistaken: age has cut his hair. They that are in the prime of their years, ought to be busy in doing the work of life: for as they go into years, they will find themselves less disposed to it, and less capable of it. Judges - Not supreme judges, for such there was to be but one, and that of God's chusing; and Samuel still kept that office in his own hands, chap.#7:15|, but his deputies, to go about and determine matters, but with reservation of a right of appeals to himself. He had doubtless instructed them in a singular manner, and fitted them for the highest employments; and he hoped that the example he had sent them, and the authority he still had over them, would oblige them to diligence and faithfulness in their trust.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 8

  • Riki
    There is a great lesson to learn in this passage. The people are not trust God. The Israelite rejected God they are bored of His stuffs they needed different stuffs. Hence, comes a great problem, they are been warned but so adamant to listen to the call. As the Word of God says "those who trust in God are like mountain Zion ..." We should learn to trust and believe in God alone.
  • BSP
    Verse 3: Even though Samuel set a good example as a parent, his sons did not follow his example. Each individual has the free will to decide which course he or she will take.
  • April
    The eal trouble began oit of Egypht,verse8 this ch,father explains that it wasn't just now,they have been coming and foing as they please,crying out when in trouble,and he Hearkend,but here we are now and still they are not satisfied,they so easily said no big deal when told what would happen to them all,and once in this grave peril,they WILL care,wowsers how often are WE like this :-O,be with us.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Not allowing God to be their king is the beginning of trouble for the Israelites.
  • Ms.Butler
    The bible say warning comes before destruction and they was warned trying to be like other nations going against what God has already established u pay a price
  • Ira
    Israel was discontent with GOD, so they sought pleasure elsewhere, we are still doing that today we tend to lean more on our own will, instead of GOD 's DEVINE WILL.

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