"But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, 'No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles."
King, by definition is a male ruler over a country who rules for life. At times the term 'king' may be used as 'lord' or 'god'. Time after time I have read the above passages of Scripture and the context surrounding these verses. The context is as follows: Samuel was a judge over the land of Israel, as he was getting older, the elders of Israel came to Samuel and in essence said, "Samuel, you're getting older and your sons do not follow your pattern of life and choices. Therefore, we think it is in the best interest of Israel if we had a king to govern and rule us like all the other nations do."