1 Samuel 15:1-10

1 Samuel told Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people Israel. a Now, listen to the words of the Lord. 2This is what the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
Hosts says: ‘I witnessed
LXX reads I will avenge
what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt. d
3 Now go and attack the Amalekites and
set apart for destruction/ completely destroy: In Canaan or its neighboring countries, this was the destruction during war of a city, its inhabitants, and their possessions, including livestock.
completely destroy everything they have. f Do not spare them. Kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” g

4Then Saul summoned the troops and counted them at Telaim: 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men from Judah. 5 Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the
wadi: A seasonal stream that flows only in the rainy season
6 He warned the Kenites i “Since you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came out of Egypt j go on and leave! Get away from the Amalekites, or I’ll sweep you away with them.” So the Kenites withdrew from the Amalekites.

7Then Saul struck down the Amalekites k from Havilah l all the way to Shur, m which is next to Egypt. 8He captured Agag n king of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword. o 9 Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, cattle, and choice animals,
Lit and the second
as well as the young rams and the best of everything else. They were not willing to destroy them, but they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things.

10Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel,
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