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

  • 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.
  • Tesh
    When israilites ask of king from God,they were simple saying to God we r tired of ur ways,we r tired to not resemble de world which we live in.they saw God instructions not gud for them Anymore,the God who took them out of egypt .2ven todae we want to resemble ths world,our characters r of ths world not of our serviour, The church hs became a place whr we meet n tok about pple ,about hw our week was wen this n that happened rather than seeking de one who continueously show us his love each n everydae.God says those who seek me wth poor heart they will find me,let us seek Him while we are able not till is tooo late.amen
  • Doris Downs
    Yes the people asked for a king and that what they got but until they know who they are and who they are serving it will remain that way they will always serve G d Govt documents as they re king
  • AL
    I read the comments above and the words of Samuel
    History keeps repeating itself
    Like a play and we the actors that read the lines were told
    To continue down this path of misery and at a older age recognize all your efforts were fruitless
    Yes as God spoke thru the prophet Samuel is teaching us again and again I see this time now as a selfish greedy lying thieving government as back then taking not one tenth of everything but half of everything
    But worse then that is the. Crimson tide the abortion holocaust
    How much longer can God allow this murderous atrocity to continue!!!
    There is so much hate and. Death in this world right now
    And so much lying and cover ups I think those times were better than now even with all this technology we have definitely lost our way!
  • Rich
    This is also relevant in many choices we make today (relationships, endeavors, etc.). Our lack of patience, obedience, and/or humility tends to steer us in the direction of our own will and not the Will of GOD. We tend to place our faith in ourselves/man, whe GOD is telling us all the while, to place it in HIM. All things are provided to us in GODS time!

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