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Haftara Korach

I Samuel 11.14-12.22

Then Samuel said to the people: “Come let us go to Gilgal, and confirm the kingship there.”

So all the people went to Gilgal; and the made Saul king before in Gilgal. There they sacrificed peace offerings before God; and there Saul and all the men of Israel greatly rejoiced.

Samuel said to all of Israel: “Behold, I have listened to your voice in everything you said to me, and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walks before you and I am old and grey headed; and behold, my sons are with you; and I have walked before you from my youth until this day. Here I am; witness against me in the presence of God and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Or whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to you.”

They said: “You did not defraud us, or oppress us, and you received no present from anyone.”

He said to them: “God is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day, that you have found nothing in my hand.” And they said: “He is witness.”

Samuel said to the people: “It is God who appointed Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt.  Now therefore stand sill, so that I may plead with you before God concerning God’s righteous acts which He did for you and Your fathers. When Jacob came into Egypt, and your fathers cried to God, then God sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. But they forgot God their Lord, and he gave them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Chatzor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

They cried to God and said: ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken God, and have served Balalim and the Ashtaroth, but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.’ God sent Jerubbaal, Bedan, Yiphtach and Samuel, and delivered you from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve You.’

God sent Jerubbaal, Bedan, Yiphtach and Samuel, and delivered you from the hand of your enemies all around, and you dwelt in safety.

When you saw that Nachash the Ammonite king came against you, you said to me: “No, but a king must reign over us’; when God your Lord was your king. Now, therefore, behold the king whom you have chosen, whom you asked for; and see; God has set a king over you.

If you fear God, serve Him, heed His voice, and do not rebel against God’s commandment; and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow God your Lord… But if you do not obey God’s voice, but rebel against God’s commandment, then God’s hand will be against your fathers.

Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which God will do before your eyes. Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to God, that he may send thunder and rain; and you will know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done before God in asking for a king.”

So Samuel called to God; and God sent thunder and rain that day and all the people were in awe of God and Samuel.

And all the people said to Samuel: “Pray for your servants to God your Lord that we not die; for now we now we have added to all our sins by asking for a king.”

And Samuel said to the people: “Do not fear; you have indeed done all this evil; yet you do not turn aside from following God, but serve God with all your hearts; Do not turn aside, for then you would go after vain things which can neither profit nor deliver, for they are vain. God will not forsake his people, for that would dishonor His great name, because it has pleased God to make you His special nation.”