1 Samuel 8:20

“That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That we also may be like all the nations, and that our King may iudge vs, and goe out before vs, and fight our battels.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So that we may be like the other nations, and so that our king may be our judge and go out before us to war.
- Basic English Bible

that we also may be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and conduct our wars.
- Darby Bible

That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
- Webster's Bible

that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."
- World English Bible

and we have been, even we, like all the nations; and our king hath judged us, and gone out before us, and fought our battles.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 8:20


8:20 Be like - What stupidity! It was their happiness that they were unlike all other nations, #Numb 23:9 Deut 33:28|, as in other glorious privileges, so especially in this, that the Lord was their immediate king and lawgiver. But they will have a king to go out before them, and to fight their battles. Could they desire a battle better fought for them than the last was, by Samuel's prayers and God's thunders? Were they fond to try the chance of war, at the same uncertainty that others did? And what was the issue? Their first king was slain in battle: and so was Joshua, one of the last and best.


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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