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1 Samuel 8:20

    1 Samuel 8:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that we may be like the other nations, and so that our king may be our judge and go out before us to war.

    Webster's Revision

    that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    World English Bible

    that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Samuel 8:20

    May judge us - This appears to be a rejection of Samuel.

    Go out before us - Be in every respect our head and governor.

    And fight our battles - Be the general of our armies.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Samuel 8:20

    Fight our battles - It appears from 1 Samuel 12:12, that the warlike movements of Nahash had already begun to excite alarm.