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1 Samuel 5 - 8

1 Samuel
1 SamuelSteve Gregg

In 1 Samuel chapters 5-8, the Israelites engage in battle against the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant is captured. God subjects the Philistines to plagues and misfortune until they return the Ark to Israel. The people of Israel, however, prove themselves to be unfaithful and the leadership of Samuel's sons is corrupted by bribery and injustice. As a result, the people demand a king to lead them, even though this is seen as a rejection of God's leadership. God warns them of the heavy taxes and demands that will come with having a king, but the people persist and Saul is eventually chosen to be their first king.

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