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1 Samuel 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:1 - Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:2 - This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:3 - Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[fn] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:4 - So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:5 - Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:6 - Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:7 - Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:8 - He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:9 - But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[fn] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:10 - Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel:

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:11 - “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:12 - Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:13 - When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:14 - But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:15 - Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:16 - “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:17 - Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:18 - And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:19 - Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:20 - “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:21 - The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:22 - But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:23 - For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:24 - Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:25 - Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:26 - But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel!”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:27 - As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:28 - Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:29 - He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:30 - Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:31 - So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:32 - Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.” Agag came to him in chains.[fn] And he thought, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:33 - But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:34 - Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 15:35 - Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 8, 9, 15, 18, 20 and 21.
Or the grown bulls; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

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