1 Samuel 12:10
And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.
And they cried unto the Lord,.... When in the hands of their enemies, and in bondage to them, and cruelly oppressed by them:
and said, We have sinned; the word for "said" is in the Cetib, or written text, singular, and in the Keri, or marginal reading, plural; and may signify, that everyone of them had a sense of their sin, and made acknowledgment of it; their confession was universal, as their sin was:
because we have forsaken the LORD; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum:
and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth; See Gill on "Judges 2:11",
See Gill on "Judges 2:13".
but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee; they did not ask for a king to go before them, and fight their battles, as they did now, but applied to the Lord for deliverance, promising to serve him as their King and their God.