1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The aLORD 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 LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, bhow he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and eutterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, dinfant and suckling, cox and sheep, camel and ass. 4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them fin Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

6 And Saul said unto ithe Kenites, hGo, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: gfor ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And lSaul smote the Amalekites from kHavilah until thou comest to jShur, that is over against Egypt. 8 And mhe took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and nutterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and othe 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.

10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, 11 sIt repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is rturned back from following me, and qhath not performed my commandments. And it pgrieved 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 tCarmel, and, behold, he set 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 vhim, Blessed be thou of the LORD: uI 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: wfor the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to 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 what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little 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 sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore 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? 20 And Saul said unto 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. 21 But the 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, yHath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, xto obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 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.

24 And bSaul said unto Samuel, aI have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because zI feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: cfor thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, dhe laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28 And Samuel said unto him, eThe LORD hath 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 Strength of Israel fwill not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet ghonour 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 Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 33 And Samuel said, hAs thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And iSamuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to jGibeah of Saul. 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.

 
Cross Ref
1a1 Sam 9:16
2bExo 17:8
Deu 25:17
3cJos 7:24
Gen 3:17
dIsa 14:21
Exo 20:5
eJos 6:17
Lev 27:28
4fJos 15:24
6gNum 10:29
Exo 18:10
hRev 18:4
Act 2:40
Gen 19:12
Gen 18:25
iJdg 1:16
Num 24:21
7j1 Sam 27:8
Gen 16:7
kGen 25:18
Gen 2:11
l1 Sam 14:48
8m1 Kin 20:34
Est 3:1
n1 Sam 30:1
9o1 Tim 6:10
Pro 15:27
11pRom 9:1-3
Luk 19:44
Luk 19:41
1 Sam 16:1
q1 Sam 13:13
rMat 24:13
Zep 1:6
Psa 36:3
1 Kin 9:6
Jos 22:16
s2 Sam 24:16
Gen 6:6
12tJos 15:55
13uLuk 18:11
vRth 3:2
Gen 14:19
15wGen 3:12
Pro 28:13
22xMar 12:33
Mat 5:24
Hos 6:6
Ecc 5:1
Exo 19:5
yHeb 10:6
Mat 9:13
Mic 6:6
Psa 50:8-9
Pro 21:3
Isa 1:11
Amo 5:21
Amo 5:24
24zRev 21:8
Luk 23:20-25
Isa 51:12
Pro 29:25
Exo 23:2
aMat 27:4
Exo 9:27
b2 Sam 12:13
26c1 Sam 2:30
27d1 Kin 11:30
28e1 Sam 28:17
29fNum 23:19
Eze 24:14
2 Tim 2:13
Tit 1:2
30gRom 2:28-29
Pro 26:1
Pro 4:8
Psa 49:20
1 Sam 2:30
33hGen 9:6
Exo 17:11
Jdg 1:7
Mat 7:2
Rev 16:6
i1 Kin 18:40
34j1 Sam 11:4