Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search NASB20
Your Bible Version is the NASB20
Go to Top
Link to This Page Cite This Page
Share this page Follow the BLB
Printable Page
Left Context Bar Edge 1Left Context Bar BackgroundLeft Context Bar Edge 2Previous BookPrevious ChapterQuick NavNext ChapterNext BookCopy VersesCopy OptionsShow StrongsFormat by Verse or ParagraphListen to the BibleRed Letter OnRight Context Bar Edge 2Right Context Bar BackgroundRight Context Bar Edge 1
The Blue Letter Bible

1 Samuel 15 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Listen to the Bible

Saul’s Disobedience

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:1 - Then Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the [fn]words of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:2 - “This is what the LORD of armies says: ‘I will [fn]punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, in that he obstructed him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - ‘Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:4 - Then Saul summoned the people and [fn]counted them in Telaim: two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men of Judah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:5 - And Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the [fn]wadi.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:6 - But Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, get away, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they went up from Egypt.” So the Kenites got away from among the Amalekites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:7 - Then Saul [fn]defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah [fn]going toward Shur, which is [fn]east of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:8 - He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and completely destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:9 - But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the more valuable animals, the lambs, and everything that was good, and were unwilling to destroy them completely; but everything despicable and weak, that they completely destroyed.

Samuel Rebukes Saul

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:10 - Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:11 - “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned back from [fn]following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was furious and cried out to the LORD all night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:12 - Samuel got up early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was reported to Samuel, saying, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on [fn]down to Gilgal.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:13 - So Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have carried out the command of the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:14 - But Samuel said, “What then is this [fn]bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the [fn]bellowing of the oxen which I hear?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:15 - Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have completely destroyed.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:16 - Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop, and let me inform you of what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:17 - So Samuel said, “[fn]Is it not true, though you were [fn]insignificant in your own eyes, that you became the head of the tribes of Israel? For the LORD anointed you as king over Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:18 - “And the LORD sent you on a [fn]mission, and said, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are eliminated.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:19 - “Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Instead, you loudly rushed upon the spoils and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:20 - Then Saul said to Samuel, “I did obey the voice of the LORD, for I went on the [fn]mission on which the LORD sent me; and I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have completely destroyed the Amalekites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:21 - “But the people took some of the spoils, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things designated for destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:22 - Samuel said,
“Does the LORD have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than a sacrifice,
And to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:23 - “For rebellion is as reprehensible as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as reprehensible as false religion and idolatry.
Since you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:24 - Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have violated the [fn]command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:25 - “Now then, please pardon my sin and return with me, so that I may worship the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:26 - But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:27 - Then Samuel turned to go, but Saul grasped the edge of his robe, and it tore off.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:28 - So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:29 - “Also the [fn]Glory of Israel will not lie nor change His mind; for He is not a man, that He would change His mind.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:30 - Then Saul said, “I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before all Israel, and go back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:31 - So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:32 - Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him [fn]cheerfully. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is gone!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:33 - But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:34 - Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:35 - And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, though Samuel mourned for [fn]Saul. And the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit sound of the words
Or visit
Lit mustered
Or valley
Lit struck
Lit as you go
Lit before
Lit after
Lit and went down
Lit sound
Lit sound
Or Though you were..., did you not become
Lit small
Lit way
Lit way
Lit mouth
Or Splendor
Or in chains
I.e., God’s rejection of Saul

New American Standard Bible 2020
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
All rights reserved

The "NASB," "NAS," "New American Standard Bible," and "New American Standard" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by The Lockman Foundation. Use of these trademarks requires the permission of The Lockman Foundation.

For Permission To Quote visit

For more information on this translation, see the NASB20 Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search NASB20

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search NASB20

Let's Connect
Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Donate Contact

Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization