You replied to me that what I had said to you was good.
You complained among yourselves privately 1 and said, “Because the Lord hates us he brought us from Egypt to deliver us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us!
“When you saw that King Nahash of the Ammonites was advancing against you, you said to me, ‘No! A king will rule over us’ – even though the Lord your God is your king!
You say, ‘No, we will flee on horses,’ so you will indeed flee. You say, ‘We will ride on fast horses,’ so your pursuers will be fast.
So all of you approached me and said, “Let’s send some men ahead of us to scout out the land and bring us back word as to how we should attack it and what the cities are like there.”
Then you responded to me and admitted, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will now go up and fight as the Lord our God has told us to do.” So you each put on your battle gear and prepared to go up to the hill country.
You said, “The Lord our God has shown us his great glory 1 and we have heard him speak from the middle of the fire. It is now clear to us 2 that God can speak to human beings and they can keep on living.
But today you have rejected your God who saves you from all your trouble and distress. You have said, “No! 1 Appoint a king over us.” Now take your positions before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.’”