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1 Samuel Chapter 12 | Parsha: Korah

1Then Samuel said to all Israel, “I have yielded to you in all you have asked of me and have set a king over you. 2Henceforth the king will be your leader.
“As for me, I have grown old and gray—but my sons are still with you—and I have been your leader from my youth to this day.
3Here I am! Testify against me, in the presence of the Lord and in the presence of His anointed one: Whose ox have I taken, or whose ass have I taken? Whom have I defrauded or whom have I robbed? From whom have I taken a bribe to look the other way? I will return it to you.” 4They responded, “You have not defrauded us, and you have not robbed us, and you have taken nothing from anyone.” 5He said to them, “The Lord then is witness, and His anointed is witness, to your admission this day that you have found nothing in my possession.” They responded, “He is!”

6Samuel said to the people, “The Lord [is witness], He who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt. 7Come, stand before the Lord while I cite against you all the kindnesses that the Lord has done to you and your fathers.

8“When Jacob came to Egypt,your fathers cried out to the Lord, and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place. 9But they forgot the Lord their God; so He delivered them into the hands of Sisera the military commander of Hazor, into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the kind of Moab; and these made war upon them. 10They cried to the Lord, ‘We are guilty, for we have forsaken the Lord and worshiped the Baalim and Ashtaroth. Oh, deliver us from our enemies and we will serve You.’ 11And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Bedanand Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the enemies around you; and you dwelt in security. 12But when you saw that nahashking of the Ammonites was advancing against you, you said to me, ‘No, we must have a king reigning over us’—though the Lord your God is your King.

13“Well, the Lord has set a king over you! Here is the king that you have chosen, that you have asked for.

14“If you will revere the Lord, worship Him, and obey Him, and will not flout the Lord’s command, if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, [well and good]. 15But if you do not obey the Lord and you flout the Lord’s command, the hand of the Lord will strike you as it did your fathers.

16“Now stand by and see the marvelous thing that the Lord will do before your eyes. 17It is the season of the wheat harvest. I will pray to the Lord and He will send thunder and rain; then you will take thought and realize what a wicked thing you did in the sight of the Lord when you asked for a king.”

18Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel. 19The people all said to Samuel, “Intercede for your servants with the Lord your God that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins the wickedness of asking for a king.” 20But Samuel said to the people, “Have no fear. You have, indeed, done all those wicked things. Do not, however, turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21Do not turn away to follow worthless things, which can neither profit nor save but are worthless. 22For the sake of His great name, the Lord will never abandon His people, seeing that the Lord undertook to make you His people.

23“As for me, far be it from me to sin against the Lord and refrain from praying for you; and I will continue to instruct you in the practice of what is good and right. 24Above all, you must revere the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; and consider how grandly He has dealt with you. 25For if you persist in your wrongdoing, both you and your king shall be swept away.”

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