1Sa 12:1
12:1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have {a}
     hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and
     have made a king over you.

     (a) I have granted your petition.

1Sa 12:2
12:2 And now, behold, the king walketh {b} before you: and I am
     old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons [are] with you:
     and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this

     (b) To govern you in peace and war.

1Sa 12:3
12:3 Behold, here I [am]: witness against me before the LORD,
     and before his anointed: {c} whose ox have I taken? or
     whose ass have I taken?  or whom have I defrauded? whom
     have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received [any]
     bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it

     (c) God would have this confession be a pattern for all who
         have any charge or office.

1Sa 12:5
12:5 And he said unto them, The LORD [is] witness against you,
     and his {d} anointed [is] witness this day, that ye have
     not found ought in my hand. And they answered, [He is]

     (d) Your King, who is anointed by the commandment of the

1Sa 12:9
12:9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into
     the hand of Sisera, {e} 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.

     (e) Captain of Jabin's host, king of Hazor.

1Sa 12:11
12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, {f} and Bedan, and Jephthah,
      and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your
      enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

      (f) That is Samson, Jud 13:25.

1Sa 12:12
12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of
      Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, {g} Nay; but a
      king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God [was]
      your king.

      (g) Leaving God to seek the help of man, 1Sa 8:5.

1Sa 12:14
12:14 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 {h} following the LORD your God:

      (h) You shall be preserved as they that follow the Lord's

1Sa 12:15
12:15 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 {i}

      (i) Meaning, the governors.

1Sa 12:17
12:17 [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] {k} great,
      which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you
      a king.

      (k) In that you have forsaken him, who has all power in
          his hand, for a mortal man.

1Sa 12:19
12:19 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 {l} all our sins [this] evil, to ask us a king.

      (l) Not only at other times, but now chiefly.

1Sa 12:20
12:20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done
      all this wickedness: {m} yet turn not aside from following
      the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

      (m) He shows that there is no sin so great, but it shall
          be forgiven, if the sinner turn again to God.

1Sa 12:22
12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great
      name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you
      {n} his people.

      (n) Of his free mercy, and not of your merits, and
          therefore he will not forsake you.

1Sa 12:24
12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your
      {o} heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done
      for you.

      (o) Unfeignedly, and without hypocrisy.