11 14Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there inaugurate the monarchy.” 15So all the people went to Gilgal, and there at Gilgal they declared Saul king before the Lord. They offered sacrifices of well-being there before the Lord; and Saul and all the men of Israel held a great celebration there.
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.
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.gh 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.