1 Samuel 8:19

“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse, the people refused to obey the voyce of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will haue a King ouer vs:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, "No, but there shall be a king over us,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the people refused to hearken unto the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay: but we will have a king over us,
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the people gave no attention to the voice of Samuel; and they said, No, but we will have a king over us,
- Basic English Bible

And the people refused to hearken to the voice of Samuel; and they said, No, but there shall be a king over us,
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, No; but we will have a king over us;
- Webster's Bible

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No; but we will have a king over us,
- World English Bible

And the people refuse to hearken to the voice of Samuel, and say, `Nay, but a king is over us,
- Youngs Literal Bible

But the people refused to hearken unto the voice of Samuel; and they said: 'Nay; but there shall be a king over us;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for 1 Samuel 8

  • 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.
  • 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

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