I Sam. 8:1-22
As Samuel became an old man, he appointed his sons, Joel and Abijah to be judges over Israel. They were corrupt in their dealings with the people by taking bribes and perverting justice. The elders of Israel confronted Samuel with their dissatisfaction of his sons’ leadership and demanded that they have a king like the other nations around them.
Samuel was displeased at their rejection of his leadership and took his problem to the Lord. God instructed him to do as the people said, “For they have not rejected you, but have rejected Me…” In allowing their demands, Samuel was to let them know how they would be treated by their future kings. Their final response was, “No, but we will have a king over us, 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.”