Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
In this first volume of an ambitious two-volume commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel, David Tsumura sheds light on the background of 1 Samuel with a look at the Philistine and Canaanite cultures and untangles the Hebrew text's infamous cruxes. Tsumura also discusses such fundamental matters as the date, literary structure, and purpose of Samuel -- to show that obedience to the word of God is the necessary condition for a king to be acceptable to the God of Israel.