1 Samuel 15

Saul’s Disobedience

1Then Samuel said to Saul a  “The  Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the
Lit sound of the words
words of the  Lord.
2Thus says the  Lord of hosts, ‘I will
Or visit
punish Amalek d  for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt.
3Now go and strike Amalek and e  utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but f  put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

4Then Saul summoned the people and
Lit mustered
numbered them in h  Telaim, 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah.
5Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley. 6Saul said to i  the Kenites, “Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you with them; for j  you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they came up from Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7So k  Saul
Lit smote
defeated the Amalekites, from m  Havilah as you go to n  Shur, which is
Lit before
east of Egypt.
8He captured p  Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and q  utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9But Saul and the people r  spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

Samuel Rebukes Saul

10Then the word of the  Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 s  I regret that I have made Saul king, for t  he has turned back from
Lit after
following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was distressed and v  cried out to the  Lord all night.
12Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul came to w  Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on
Lit and went down
down to y  Gilgal.”
13Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, z  Blessed are you of the  Lord! I have carried out the command of the  Lord.” 14But Samuel said aa  What then is this
Lit sound
bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the
Lit sound
lowing of the oxen which I hear?”
15Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for ad  the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the  Lord your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed.” 16Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the  Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”

17Samuel said, “Is it not true, ae  though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the  Lord anointed you king over Israel, 18and the  Lord sent you on a
Lit way
mission, and said, ‘ ag  Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.’
19Why then did you not obey the voice of the  Lord, ah  but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the  Lord?”

20Then Saul said to Samuel ai  I did obey the voice of the  Lord, and went on the
Lit way
mission on which the  Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21“But ak  the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the  Lord your God at Gilgal.” 22Samuel said, al  “Has the  Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the  Lord?
Behold am  to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23For rebellion is as the sin of an  divination,
And insubordination is as ao  iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the  Lord,
ap  He has also rejected you from being king.”

24Then Saul said to Samuel aq  I have sinned; ar  I have indeed transgressed the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
25Now therefore, at  please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the  Lord.” 26But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for au  you have rejected the word of the  Lord, and the  Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” 27As Samuel turned to go av  Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. 28So Samuel said to him, aw  “The  Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you. 29Also the
Or Eminence
ay  Glory of Israel az  will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”
30Then he said, “I have sinned; ba  but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, bb  that I may worship the  Lord your God.” 31So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the  Lord.

32Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him
Or in bonds
cheerfully. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”
33But Samuel said bd  As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the  Lord at Gilgal.

34Then Samuel went to be  Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at bf  Gibeah of Saul. 35 bg  Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel bh  grieved over Saul. And the  Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
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