Samuel's Address to the People

121 Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Samuel 12:1

Commentary on 1 Samuel 12:1-5

(Read 1 Samuel 12:1-5)

Samuel not only cleared his own character, but set an example before Saul, while he showed the people their ingratitude to God and to himself. There is a just debt which all men to their own good name, especially men in public stations, which is, to guard it against unjust blame and suspicions, that they may finish their course with honour, as well as with joy. And that we have in our places lived honestly, will be our comfort, under any slights and contempt that may be put upon us.