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

  • 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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