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1 Samuel 08 General Notes

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Saul and Samuel

The section including chapters 8-16 begins a new part of the story. The people wanted a king, and God chose Saul, the man the people wanted, to be their king. He was not the king Yahweh wanted.

Special concepts in this chapter

The people want a king

When Samuel was old, he appointed his sons to be judges. They were corrupt and took bribes, so the people came and asked Samuel to appoint a king for them. Samuel asked God, who gave them a king but warned them what a king would be like. Despite Samuel’s warning that a king would oppress them, the people still wanted a king. This was sinful because they were rejecting God as their king. (See: rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/appoint, rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/oppress, rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit and rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/sin)

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