Bishops' Bible

1 Samuel 15

Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek.

1 Samuel 15:1 Samuel also saide vnto Saul: The Lord sent me to anoynt thee, to be king ouer his people, ouer Israel: Now therfore hearken thou vnto the voyce of the wordes of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the Lorde of hoastes: I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how they layed waite for them in the waye as they came vp from Egypt. 1 Samuel 15:3 Nowe therfore go, and smyte Amalek, and destroye ye all that pertaineth vnto them, and haue no compassion on them, slay both man & woman, infant and suckling, oxe and sheepe, camel and asse. 1 Samuel 15:4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbred them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footemen, and ten thousand men of Iuda. 1 Samuel 15:5 And Saul came vnto a citie of Amalek, and set watch in the brooke.

Saul favoureth the Kenites.

1 Samuel 15:6 And Saul saide vnto the Kenites: Go, & depart, & get you downe from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed mercie to all the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. And so the Kenites departed from among ye Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites, from Heuila, as thou commest to Sur, that lyeth before Egypt.

He spareth Agag and the best of the spoil.

1 Samuel 15:8 And toke Agag the king of the Amalekites alyue, and vtterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sworde. 1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, the better sheepe, and the fatter oxen, and the lambes, and all that was good, & would not destroy them: But al that was foule & naught worth, that they destroyed vtterlie.

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 made Saul king: For he is turned from me, & hath not perfourmed my commaundementes. And Samuel was euill apayed, & cryed vnto the Lord all night. 1 Samuel 15:12 And whe Samuel rose early to meete Saul in the morning, it was tolde Samuel that Saul was come to Carmel, and beholde, he hath made him there a place, and is returned, and departed and gone downe to Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15:13 And Samuel came to Saul, & Saul said vnto him, Blessed be thou in the Lorde: I haue fulfilled the comaundement of the Lord. 1 Samuel 15:14 Samuel sayde: What meaneth then the bleating of the sheepe in mine eares and the lowing of the oxen which I heare? 1 Samuel 15:15 Saul aunswered, They haue brought them from the Amalekites: For the people spared the best of the sheepe, and of the oxen, to sacrifice them vnto the Lorde thy God, and the remnaunt haue we destroyed vtterlie. 1 Samuel 15:16 Samuel said to Saul: Let me tell thee what the Lorde hath saide to me this night. And he sayd vnto him: saye on. 1 Samuel 15:17 Samuel said: When thou wast litle in thyne owne sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lorde annoynted thee kyng ouer Israel? 1 Samuel 15:18 And the Lorde sent thee on a iourney, and said: Go, and vtterly destroy those sinners the Amalekites, & fight against them vntyll thou destroy them. 1 Samuel 15:19 And wherfore hast thou not hearkened vnto the voyce of the Lorde? but hast turned to the praye, and hast done that which is wicked in the syght of the Lorde? 1 Samuel 15:20 And Saul sayde vnto Samuel: Yea, I haue hearkened vnto the voyce of the Lorde, and haue gone the way which the Lord sent me vnto, & haue brought Agag the kyng of Amalek, and haue destroyed the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:21 But the people toke of ye spoyle, sheepe, oxen, and the chiefest of the thynges whiche shoulde haue ben destroyed, to offer vnto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel sayde: Hath the Lorde as great pleasure in burnt sacrifices and offerynges, as when the voyce of the Lorde is obeyed? Beholde, to obey, is better then sacrifice: and to hearken, is better then the fat of rammes. 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sinne of witchcraft, and stubbernnesse is as the wickednes of idolatrie: Because thou hast cast away the worde of the Lorde, therefore he hath cast away thee also from being king.

Saul's humiliation.

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul sayde vnto Samuel, I haue sinned: For I haue gone farther then the saying of the Lorde and thy wordes, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voyce. 1 Samuel 15:25 Now therfore I pray thee take away my sinne, and turne agayne with me, that I may worship the Lorde. 1 Samuel 15:26 And Samuel sayde vnto Saul, I wyll not returne with thee: For thou hast cast away the worde of the Lorde, and the Lord hath cast away thee, that thou shalt not be kyng ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 15:27 And as Samuel turned hym selfe to go away, he caught the lappe of his coate, and it rent. 1 Samuel 15:28 And Samuel sayde vnto hym: The Lorde hath rent the kyngdome of Israel from thee this day, and hath geuen it to a neighbour of thine that is better then thou. 1 Samuel 15:29 The strength of Israel wyl not beguyle, nor repent: for he is not a man that shoulde repent. 1 Samuel 15:30 He sayde, I haue sinned: But nowe honour me 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 And so Samuel turned againe, and folowed Saul: and Saul worshipped the Lorde.

Samuel killeth Agag.

1 Samuel 15:32 Then sayde Samuel: Bryng you hyther to me Agag, the kyng of the Amalekites. And Agag came vnto hym dilicately, and Agag sayde: Truely the bitternesse of death is past. 1 Samuel 15:33 And Samuel sayde: As thy sworde hath made women chyldlesse, so shall thy mother be chyldlesse aboue other women. And Samuel hewed Agag in peeces before the Lorde in Gilgal.

Samuel and Saul part.

1 Samuel 15:34 And then Samuel departed to Rama, and Saul went home to his house to Gibea Saul. 1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul, vntyll the day of his death: Neuerthelesse Samuel mourued for Saul: and the Lorde repented that he had made Saul kyng ouer Israel.

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