10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11 He said, “This will be the [d]procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to [e]do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and [f]use them for his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants. 18 Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
I forget where exactly that translation is. But I bet it's one of these http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/8.htm
The controversy is not in translation this time so no biggy.
Is Samuel effectively explaining to the Israelites what the king's right are. So basically Samuel says okay, you pay 10% of your stuff to the king. So that seems like commandment. Is this a mitvah?
However, it's way beyond Torah.
Actually, is it a mitvah to obey kings at all?
What are the mitvahs that govern rights and obligations of kings? Where in the bible is it written? Is it in Torah or in this Samuel's speech?
After I read again, it doesn't seem like Mitvah. Samuel is just saying how live will be pretty "bad" if Israel got a king (instead of president?). However, he seems to enumerate that a king have right for a tenth of your flocks and stuff. So that looks like commandments (mitvah?)