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

  • 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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