1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel 15

1Saul is sent to destroy Amalek. 6He favoureth the Kenites; 7smiteth the Amalekites; but spareth Agag and the best of the spoil. 10His disobedience displeaseth the Lord. 12Samuel denounceth unto him God's rejection of him. 24Saul's fruitless humiliation. 32Samuel cutteth Agag in pieces. 34He and Saul part, and meet no more.

1 Samuel also said unto Saul, 1The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord.

2 Thus saith the 1Lord of hosts, 2I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, 3how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

3 Now go and 1smite Amalek, and 2utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, 3infant and suckling, 4ox and sheep, camel and ass.

4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in 1Telaim, 2two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.

5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and alaid wait in the valley.

6 ¶ And Saul said unto the 1Kenites, Go, 2depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye 3shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.

7 And Saul 1smote the Amalekites from 2Havilah until thou comest to 3Shur, that is over against Egypt.

8 And he 1took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed 2all the people with the edge of the sword.

9 But Saul and the people 1spared Agag, and the 2best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and aof the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

10 ¶ Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying,

11 It 1repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he 2is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it 3grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.

12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to 1Carmel, and, behold, he 2set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.

13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, 1Blessed be thou of the Lord: 2I have performed the commandment of the Lord.

14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for 1the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, 2to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee 1what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.

17 And Samuel said, When thou wast 1little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?

18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the 1sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until athey be consumed.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst 1fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have 1obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But 1the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.

22 And Samuel said, 1Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, 2to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

23 For 1rebellion is as the sin of awitchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, 2he hath also rejected thee from being king.

24 ¶ And Saul said unto Samuel, 1I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I 2feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

25 Now therefore, I pray thee, 1pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.

26 And Samuel said unto Saul, 1I will not return with thee: 2for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord 3hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid 1hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.

28 And Samuel said unto him, The Lord 1hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

29 And also the aStrength of Israel 1will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

30 Then he said, 1I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God.

31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.

32 ¶ Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me 1Agag the king of the Amalekites. And 2Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.

33 And Samuel said, 1As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel 2hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in 3Gilgal.

34 ¶ Then Samuel went to 1Ramah; and Saul 2went up to his house to 3Gibeah of Saul.

35 And Samuel 1came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel 2mourned for Saul: and the Lord 3repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

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