And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.
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George Leo Haydock
Families. Lots were first drawn to determine the tribe, then to find out which of the great families, and which house, was to give a king to Israel. (Haydock)
See Josue vii. 14. (Menochius)
God was pleased thus to convince them that the election proceeded from him. (St. Gregory) (Worthington)