Men like to have an adjustable God, who is conveniently righteous or variantly just. When they profess to seek a God who is both just and merciful, they hope too often not that his justice will be tempered by mercey, but that his justice will be diluted by mercy.
John C. Schroeder in the Interpreter's Bible exposition of 1 Samuel. That would be the 1953 Interpreter's Bible - a classic, and far superior to the New Interpreter's Bible. Don't let the dated bindings fool you.