1 Samuel 15

CHAPTER 15

Samuel Instructs Saul to Strike Amalek

And Samuel said to Saul, [4me 3has sent 1the 2  lord] to anoint you as king over Israel his people. And now hear the voice of the saying of the  lord! Thus said the  lord of hosts, Now I shall punish what Amalek did to Israel, when he met him in the way ascending out of Egypt. And now, go! and you shall strike Amalek, and you shall utterly destroy him, and all the things of his. And you shall devote him to consumption, and all the things of his; and in no way shall you spare over him. And you shall kill from man and unto woman, and from infant and unto one nursing; and from calf and unto sheep, and from camel and unto donkey. And Saul gave exhortation to the people. And he numbered them in Gilgal -- two hundred thousand of the ranks, and ten thousand of the men of Judah. And Saul came unto the city of Amalek, and laid in wait by the rushing stream. And Saul said to the Kenite, You go forth, and turn away from the midst of Amalek! lest I add you with him, for you executed mercy with the sons of Israel in their ascending from out of Egypt. And [3turned away 1the 2Kenite] from the midst of Amalek. And Saul struck Amalek from Havilah unto Shur at the face of Egypt. And he seized Agag king of Amalek alive. And all his people he utterly destroyed by the mouth of the broadsword. And [5preserved 1Saul 2and 3the 4people] Agag, and the good ones of the flocks, and of the herds, and of the foods, and of the vineyards, and all the good things; and they did not want to utterly destroy them. And every work being a disgrace, and being treated with contempt they utterly destroyed. 10 And came to pass the word of the  lord to Samuel, saying, 11 I have changed my mind for Saul to reign as king, for he turned away from following after me; and my words he did not give heed to. And Samuel was depressed, and yelled to the  lord the entire night. 12 And Samuel rose early and went to meet Israel in the morning. And it was reported to Samuel, saying, Saul comes to Carmel. And behold, he has raised up to himself a hand, and turned his chariot, and went down into Gilgal.

Samuel Treats Saul with Contempt

13 And Samuel came to Saul. And [2said 3to him 1Saul], Blessed are you to the  lord. I established all as many things as the  lord spoke. 14 And Samuel said, And what is the sound of this flock in my ears, and the sound of the oxen of which I hear? 15 And Saul said, From out of Amalek I brought them, which [3procured 1the 2people], the most excellent of the flocks and of the herds, so as it may be a sacrifice to the  lord your God, and the rest I utterly destroyed. 16 And Samuel said to Saul, Spare! and I will report to you what the  lord spoke to me in the night. And he said to him, Speak! 17 And Samuel said to Saul, Were you not small, even you, before yourself for taking the lead of the chiefdom of the tribes of Israel? And [2anointed 3you 1the  lord] for king over Israel. 18 And [2sent 3you 1the  lord] on the journey. And he said to you, Go! and utterly destroy Amalek the ones sinning against me! and you shall war against them until you should have finished them. 19 And why did you not hearken to the voice of the  lord, but advanced upon the spoils, and did the wicked thing before the  lord? 20 And Saul said to Samuel, Because of my hearing the sound of the people, and I went in the way in which [2sent 3me 1the  lord]. And I brought Agag, king of Amalek, and I utterly destroyed Amalek. 21 And [3took 1the 2people] of the spoils of the flocks and the herds, the first-fruits of the offering for consumption, to sacrifice before the  lord our God in Gilgal. 22 And Samuel said, Does [3want 1the 2  lord] whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as compared to hearing the voice of the  lord, no. Behold, hearkening is better than sacrifice, and heeding over the fat of rams. 23 For sin is as an omen, [3grief 4and 5miseries 1teraphim 2bring upon]. Because you treated with contempt the word of the  lord, even [2treats you with contempt 1the  lord] to not be king over Israel. 24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned, that I violated the word of the  lord, and the saying by you; for I feared the people, and I hearkened to their voice. 25 And now, take away indeed my sin, and return with me! and I shall do obeisance to the  lord your God. 26 And Samuel said to Saul, I shall not return with you. For you treated with contempt the saying of the  lord, and [2shall treat you with contempt 1the  lord] to not be king over Israel. 27 And Samuel turned his face to go forth, and Saul took hold of the border of his doubled garment, and tore it. 28 And [2said 3to 4him 1Samuel], the  lord tore your kingdom from Israel, from out of your hand today, and he shall give it to your neighbor, to the one good over you. 29 And Israel shall be divided into two, and he shall not turn, nor shall [4change his mind 1the 2holy one 3of Israel], for not as a man is he to change the mind. 30 And Saul said, I have sinned, but glorify me before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and return with me! and I will do obeisance to the  lord your God. 31 And Samuel returned behind Saul, and he did obeisance to the  lord.

Samuel Kills Agag King of Amalek

32 And Samuel said, Bring to me Agag king of Amalek. And [2came forward 3to 4him 1Agag] trembling. And Agag said, Is [2thus 3bitter 1death]? 33 And Samuel said to Agag, As [3made 5childless 4women 2broadsword 1your], thus [3shall be made childless 4among 5women 2mother 1your]. And Samuel slew Agag in the presence of the  lord in Gilgal. 34 And Samuel went forth unto Ramah, and Saul ascended unto his house in Gibeah. 35 And [2did not 3proceed 1Samuel] to see Saul until the day of his death, for Samuel mourned over Saul. And the  lord repented that Saul reigned over Israel.
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