1 Samuel 8:3

“And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And his sonnes walked not in his wayes, but turned aside after lucre, and tooke bribes, & peruerted iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And his sons did not go in his ways, but moved by the love of money took rewards, and were not upright in judging.
- Basic English Bible

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
- Darby Bible

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
- Webster's Bible

His sons didn't walk in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
- World English Bible

and his sons have not walked in his ways, and turn aside after the dishonest gain, and take a bribe, and turn aside judgment.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 8:3


8:3 Took bribes - Opportunity and temptation discovered that corruption in them which 'till now was hid from their father. It has often been the grief of holy men, that their children did not tread in their steps. So far from it, that the sons of eminently good men, have been often eminently wicked.


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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