1 Samuel 8:5

“And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And said vnto him, Behold, thou art olde, and thy sonnes walke not in thy wayes: now make vs a King to iudge vs, like all the nations.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and they said to him, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And said to him, See now, you are old, and your sons do not go in your ways: give us a king now to be our judge, so that we may be like the other nations.
- Basic English Bible

and said to him, Behold, thou art become old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now appoint us a king to judge us, like all the nations.
- Darby Bible

And said to him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
- Webster's Bible

and they said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons don't walk in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."
- World English Bible

and say unto him, `Lo, thou hast become aged, and thy sons have not walked in thy ways; now, appoint to us a king, to judge us, like all the nations.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they said unto him: 'Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 8:5


8:5 A king - Their desires exceed their reasons, which extended no farther than to the removal of Samuel's sons from their places, and the procuring some other just: and prudent assistance to Samuel's age. Nor was the grant of their desire a remedy for their disease, but rather an aggravation of it. For the sons of their king were likely to he as corrupt as Samuel's sons and, if they were, would not be so easily removed. Like other nations - That is, as most of the nations about us have. But there was not the like reason; because God had separated them from all other nations, and cautioned them against the imitation of their examples, and had taken them into his own immediate care and government; which privilege other nations had not.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 8

  • 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
  • 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!

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