1 Samuel 15
Saul Is Rejected as King
15:1 Then Samuel said to Saul, “I was the one the
15:4 So Saul assembled5 the army6 and mustered them at Telaim. There were 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah. 15:5 Saul proceeded to the city7 of Amalek, where he set an ambush8 in the wadi.9 15:6 Saul said to the Kenites, “Go on and leave! Go down from among the Amalekites! Otherwise I will sweep you away10 with them! After all, you were kind to all the Israelites when they came up from Egypt.” So the Kenites withdrew from among the Amalekites.
15:7 Then Saul struck down the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to11 Shur, which is next to Egypt. 15:8 He captured King Agag of the Amalekites alive, but he executed all Agag’s people12 with the sword. 15:9 However, Saul and the army spared Agag, along with the best of the flock, the cattle, the fatlings,13 and the lambs, as well as everything else that was of value.14 They were not willing to slaughter them. But they did slaughter everything that was despised15 and worthless.
15:10 Then the word of the
15:12 Then Samuel got up early to meet Saul the next morning. But Samuel was informed, “Saul has gone to Carmel where16 he is setting up a monument for himself. Then Samuel left17 and went down to Gilgal.”18
15:13 When Samuel came to him,19 Saul said to him, “May the
15:14 Samuel replied, “If that is the case,20 then what is this sound of sheep in my ears and the sound of cattle that I hear?”
15:15 Saul said, “They were brought21 from the Amalekites; the army spared the best of the flocks and cattle to sacrifice to the
15:16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait a minute!22 Let me tell you what the
15:20 Then Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed29 the
15:22 Then Samuel said,
as much as he does in obedience?31
Certainly,32 obedience33 is better than sacrifice;
paying attention is better than34 the fat of rams.
15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and presumption is like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the
he has rejected you as35 king.”
15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed what the
15:26 Samuel said to Saul, “I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the word of the
15:27 When Samuel turned to leave, Saul40 grabbed the edge of his robe and it tore.
15:28 Samuel said to him, “The
Samuel Puts Agag to Death
15:32 Then Samuel said, “Bring me King Agag of the Amalekites.” So Agag came to him trembling,45 thinking to himself,46 “Surely death is bitter!”47
15:33 Samuel said, “Just as your sword left women childless, so your mother will be the most bereaved among women!” Then Samuel hacked Agag to pieces there in Gilgal before the
15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, while Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.
15:35 Until the day he48 died Samuel did not see Saul again. Samuel did, however, mourn for Saul, but the