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It was actually God's will for His people to have a king, for eventually the Messiah would be their king (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17). God had, through Moses, instructed Israel in how a future king should rule and how he should be chosen (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). However, their motives in desiring a king at this time were altogether wrong (1 Samuel 8:19,20).

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KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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