First Samuel 15


15:1 Samuel also said to Saul, the LORD sent me to anoint thee
 [to be] king over his people, over Israel: now therefore
 hearken thou to the voice of the words of the LORD.
15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember [that] which
 Amalek did to Israel, how he laid [wait] for him in the way,
 when he came up from Egypt.
15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they
 have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant
 and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
15:4 And Saul assembled the people, and numbered them in Telaim,
 two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
15:5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the
 valley.
15:6 And Saul said to the Kenites, Go, depart, withdraw
 yourselves from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with
 them: for ye showed kindness to all the children of Israel when
 they came up from Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the
 Amalekites.
15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah, [until] thou
 comest to Shur, that [is] over against Egypt.
15:8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and
 utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the
 sheep, and of the oxen, and of 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.
15:10 Then came the word of the LORD to Samuel, saying,
15:11 I repent that I have set up Saul [to be] king: for he is
 turned back from following me, and hath not performed my
 commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried to the LORD
 all night.
15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it
 was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he
 set him up a place, and has gone about, and passed on, and gone
 down to Gilgal.
15:13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said to him, Blessed
 [be] thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the
 LORD.
15:14 And Samuel said, What [meaneth] then this bleating of the
 sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15:15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites:
 for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to
 sacrifice to the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly
 destroyed.
15:16 Then Samuel said to Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what
 the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said to him, Say
 on.
15:17 And Samuel said, When thou [wast] little in thy own sight,
 [wast] thou not [made] the head of the tribes of Israel, and
 the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
15:18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go, and
 utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against
 them until they are consumed.
15:19 Why then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but
 didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the
 LORD?
15:20 And Saul said to Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed 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.
15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the
 chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed,
 to sacrifice to the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in
 burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the
 LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to
 hearken than the fat of rams.
15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and
 stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast
 rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from
 [being] king.
15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have
 transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words;
 because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again
 with me, that I may worship the LORD.
15:26 And Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with thee: for
 thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath
 rejected thee from being king over Israel.
15:27 And as Samuel turned about to depart, he laid hold upon
 the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
15:28 And Samuel said to him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of
 Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of
 thine, [that is] better than thou.
15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent:
 for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.
15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: [yet] honor 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.
15:31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshiped the
 LORD.
15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of
 the Amalekites. And Agag came to him delicately. And Agag said,
 Surely the bitterness of death is past.
15:33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless,
 so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed
 Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house
 to Gibeah of Saul.
15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his
 death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD
 repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
 
 

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