1 Samuel 8:16

“And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee will take your men seruants, and your mayd seruants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his worke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use {them} for his work.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He will take your men-servants and your servant-girls, and the best of your oxen and your asses and put them to his work.
- Basic English Bible

And he will take your bondmen, and your bondwomen, and your comeliest young men, and your asses, and use them for his work.
- Darby Bible

And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your most choice young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
- Webster's Bible

He will take your male servants, and your female servants, and your best young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
- World English Bible

And your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your young men -- the best, and your asses, he doth take, and hath prepared for his own work;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 8:16


8:16 Will take - By constraint, and without sufficient recompense.


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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