1 Samuel 15
Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek.
1 Samuel 15:1 Samuel also saide vnto Saul, The LORD sent me to annoint thee to bee king ouer his people, ouer Israel: nowe therefore hearken thou vnto the voyce of the words of the LORD. 1 Samuel 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 vp from Egypt. 1 Samuel 15:3 Now goe, and smite Amalek, and vtterly destroy all that they haue, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, oxe and sheepe, camell and asse. 1 Samuel 15:4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbred them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Iudah. 1 Samuel 15:5 And Saul came to a citie of Amalek, and laid waite in the valley.
Saul favoureth the Kenites.
1 Samuel 15:6 And Saul saide vnto the Kenites, Goe, depart, get you downe from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for yee shewed kindnesse to all the children of Israel when they came vp out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Hauilah, [vntill] thou commest to Shur, that [is] ouer against Egypt.
He spareth Agag and the best of the spoil.
1 Samuel 15:8 And hee tooke Agag the king of the Amalekites aliue, and vtterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheepe, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambes, and all that was good, and would not vtterly destroy them: but euery thing that was vile, and refuse, that they destroyed vtterly.
Samuel denounceth unto Saul, commending and excusing himself, God's rejection of him for his disobedience.
1 Samuel 15:10 Then came the word of the LORD vnto Samuel, saying; 1 Samuel 15:11 It repenteth me that I haue set vp Saul to be king: for hee is turned backe from following me, and hath not performed my commandements. And it grieued Samuel; and he cried vnto the LORD all night. 1 Samuel 15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was tolde Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him vp a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone downe to Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15:13 And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said vnto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I haue performed the commandement of the LORD. 1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheepe in mine eares, and the lowing of the oxen which I heare? 1 Samuel 15:15 And Saul sayde, They haue brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheepe, and of the oxen, to sacrifice vnto the LORD thy God, and the rest we haue vtterly destroyed. 1 Samuel 15:16 Then Samuel sayd vnto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to mee this night. And he said vnto him, Say on. 1 Samuel 15:17 And Samuel said, When thou wast litle in thine owne sight, wast thou not made the Head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee King ouer Israel? 1 Samuel 15:18 And the LORD sent thee on a iourney, and said, Goe, and vtterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them, vntill they be consumed. 1 Samuel 15:19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst flie vpon the spoile, and didst euill in the sight of the LORD? 1 Samuel 15:20 And Saul said vnto Samuel; Yea, I haue obeyed the voice of the LORD, and haue gone the way which the LORD sent me, and haue brought Agag the king of Amalek, and haue vtterly destroyed the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:21 But the people tooke of the spoile, sheepe and oxen, the chiefe of the things which should haue bene vtterly destroyed, to sacrifice vnto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel saide, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey, [is] better then sacrifice: [and] to hearken, then the fat of rammes. 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubburnnesse [is as] iniquitie and idolatrie: because thou hast reiected the word of the LORD, he hath also reiected thee from [being] king.
1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said vnto Samuel, I haue sinned: for I haue transgressed the Commandement of the LORD, and thy wordes; because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 1 Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sinne, and turne againe with me, that I may worship the LORD. 1 Samuel 15:26 And Samuel said vnto Saul, I will not returne with thee: for thou hast reiected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath reiected thee from being king ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 15:27 And as Samuel turned about to goe away, he laid hold vpon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 1 Samuel 15:28 And Samuel said vnto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdome of Israel from thee this day, and hath giuen it to a neighbour of thine, [that is] better then thou. 1 Samuel 15:29 And also the strength of Israel will not lie, nor repent: for he is not a man that he should repent. 1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, I haue sinned; [yet] honour me now, I pray thee, before the Elders of my people, and before Israel, and turne againe with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God. 1 Samuel 15:31 So Samuel turned againe after Saul, and Saul worshipped the LORD.
Samuel killeth Agag.
1 Samuel 15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring you hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites: and Agag came vnto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitternesse of death is past. 1 Samuel 15:33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childlesse, so shall thy mother bee childlesse among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
Samuel and Saul part.
1 Samuel 15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went vp to his house to Gibeah of Saul. 1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul vntill the day of his death: neuerthelesse, Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king ouer Israel.