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Israel had sinned by demanding a king even though they had the Lord, yet because of who He is (rich in mercy) He forgave them and warned them to follow Him faithfully.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 12:12-25

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 12:12-25

1 Samuel 12:12–25 (Listen)

12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the LORD your God was your king. 13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the LORD has set a king over you. 14 If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well. 15 But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.1 16 Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king.” 18 So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

19 And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” 20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself. 23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24 Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 25 But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”

Footnotes

[1] 12:15 Septuagint; Hebrew fathers

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:5 and ends at about 4:28

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12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. 13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. 14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.

     16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king. 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. 19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. 20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you. 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 339 :
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

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1. All hail the power of Jesus’ name! 
Let angels prostrate fall; 
Bring forth the royal diadem 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

2. Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God, 
Who from His altar call; 
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

3. Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, 
Ye ransomed from the Fall, 
Hail Him who saves you by His grace 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

4. Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line, 
Whom David Lord did call, 
The God incarnate, Man divine, 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

5. Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget 
The wormwood and the gall, 
Go, spread your trophies at His feet 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

6. Let every kindred, every tribe, 
On this terrestrial ball 
To Him all majesty ascribe 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

7. Oh, that with yonder sacred throng 
We at His feet may fall! 
We’ll join the everlasting song 
And crown Him Lord of all. 


Hymn: LSB 549 :
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

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1. All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! 
Let angels prostrate fall; 
Bring forth the royal diadem 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
Bring forth the royal diadem 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

2. Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God 
Who from His altar call; 
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

3. Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, 
Ye ransomed from the fall, 
Hail Him who saves you by His grace 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
Hail Him who saves you by His grace 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

4. Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line, 
Whom David Lord did call, 
The God incarnate, man divine, 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
The God incarnate, Man divine, 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

5. Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget 
The wormwood and the gall, 
Go, spread your trophies at His feet 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
Go, spread your trophies at His feet 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

6. Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe, 
On this terrestrial ball 
To Him all majesty ascribe 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
To Him all majesty ascribe 
And crown Him Lord of all. 

7. Oh, that with yonder sacred throng 
We at his feet may fall! 
We’ll join the everlasting song 
And crown Him Lord of all. 
We’ll join the everlasting song 
And crown Him Lord of all.