12:13 Now look! Here is the king you have chosen – the one that you asked for! Look, the Lord has given you a king! 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
1 Samuel 12:17Context
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.”
1 tn Heb “and you listen to his voice.”
3 tn The words “all will be well” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
4 tn Heb “listen to the voice of.”
5 tc The LXX reads “your king” rather than the MT’s “your fathers.” The latter makes little sense here. Some follow MT, but translate “as it was against your fathers.” See P. K. McCarter, 1 Samuel (AB), 212.