Bible: 1 Samuel 12:14-25

12:14 If you fear the Lord, serving him and obeying him 1  and not rebelling against what he says, 2  and if both you and the king who rules over you follow the Lord your God, all will be well. 3  12:15 But if you don’t obey 4  the Lord and rebel against what the Lord says, the hand of the Lord will be against both you and your king. 5 

12:16So now, take your positions and watch this great thing that the Lord is about to do in your sight. 12:17 Is this not the time of the wheat harvest? I will call on the Lord so that he makes it thunder and rain. Realize and see what a great sin you have committed before the Lord by asking for a king for yourselves.”

12:18 So Samuel called to the Lord, and the Lord made it thunder and rain that day. All the people were very afraid of both the Lord and Samuel. 12:19 All the people said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God on behalf of us – your servants – so we won’t die, for we have added to all our sins by asking for a king.” 6 

12:20 Then Samuel said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. You have indeed sinned. 7  However, don’t turn aside from the Lord. Serve the Lord with all your heart. 12:21 You should not turn aside after empty things that can’t profit and can’t deliver, since they are empty. 8  12:22 The Lord will not abandon his people because he wants to uphold his great reputation. 9  The Lord was pleased to make you his own people. 12:23 As far as I am concerned, far be it from me to sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you! I will instruct you in the way that is good and upright. 12:24 However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you! 12:25 But if you continue to do evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”

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