When the people acknowledged their sin, Samuel said, “Do not be afraid.” Neither do we have to be afraid when we acknowledge ours. Our Savior has covered it.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 12:6-22

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 12:6-22

1 Samuel 12:6–22 (Listen)

And Samuel said to the people, “The LORD is witness,1 who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous deeds of the LORD that he performed for you and for your fathers. When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them,2 then your fathers cried out to the LORD and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. But they forgot the LORD their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor,3 and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them. 10 And they cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Barak4 and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. 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.5 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.

Footnotes

[1] 12:6 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks is witness

[2] 12:8 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks and the Egyptians oppressed them

[3] 12:9 Septuagint the army of Jabin king of Hazor

[4] 12:11 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew Bedan

[5] 12:15 Septuagint; Hebrew fathers

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 12

     6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers. 8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. 9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 34:
My Soul, now Bless thy Maker

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. My soul, now bless thy Maker! 
Let all within me bless His name 
Who maketh thee partaker 
Of mercies more than thou dar’st claim. 
Forget Him not whose meekness 
Still bears with all thy sin, 
Who healeth all thy weakness, 
Renews thy life within; 
Whose grace and care are endless 
And saved thee through the past; 
Who leaves no sufferer friendless, 
But rights the wronged at last. 

2. He shows to man His treasure 
Of judgment, truth, and righteousness, 
His love beyond all measure, 
His yearning pity o’er distress, 
Nor treats us as we merit, 
But lays His anger by, 
The humble, contrite spirit 
Finds His compassion nigh; 
And high as heaven above us, 
As break from close of day, 
So far, since He doth love us, 
He puts our sins away. 

3. For as a tender father 
Hath pity on his children here, 
He in His arms will gather 
All who are His in childlike fear. 
He knows how frail our powers 
Who but from dust are made; 
We flourish like the flowers, 
And even so we fade; 
The wind but o’er them passes, 
And all their bloom is o’er,- 
We wither like the grasses, 
Our place knows us no more. 

4. God’s grace alone endureth, 
And children’s children yet shall prove 
How He with strength assureth 
The hearts of all that seek His love. 
In heaven is fixed His dwelling, 
His rule is over all; 
Angels, in might excelling, 
Bright hosts, before Him fall. 
Praise Him, who ever reigneth, 
All ye who hear His Word, 
Nor our poor hymns disdaineth- 
My soul, oh, bless the Lord! 


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