1 Samuel 15
Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek.
1 Samuel 15:1 Then sayde Samuel vnto Saul: þe Lorde sent me to anoynt þe King ouer his people Israel. Now therfore obeye thou the voyce of the wordes of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the Lorde of hostes: I haue called to remembraunce that whiche Amalech dyd to Israel how they laye in wayte for them in the way as they came out of Egypte. 1 Samuel 15:3 Now therfor go & smyte the Amaleckites, & onelye destroy ye all that pertayneth vnto them, & se thou haue no compassion on them. But slay both man & woman, infant & sucklyng, & oxe, shepe, camell & Asse. 1 Samuel 15:4 And Saul tolde it the people, & nombred them in Telaim two hundred thousand foote men, & ten thousand men of Iuda. 1 Samuel 15:5 And Saule came vnto a city of the Amaleckites, & fought in a valeye.
Saul favoureth the Kenites.
1 Samuel 15:6 But Saul sayde vnto the Kenites go & departe, & get ye doune from amonge the Amaleckytes, leste I destroy you wyth them for ye shewed mercye with Israell when they came out of Egypt. And the kenites departed from amonge the Amaleckites. 1 Samuel 15:7 And Saul slue the Amaleckites from Heuila to Sur that lyeth before Egypte,
He spareth Agag and the best of the spoil.
1 Samuel 15:8 & toke Agag the Kyng of the Amaleckites a lyue, & vtterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the swerde. 1 Samuel 15:9 But Saule and the people spared Agag, and they left of the shepe and of the oxen and fat thynges and the lambes and al that was good, and wolde not destroy them. But all that was noughte worth an flaggye, that they destroyed vtterlye.
Samuel denounceth unto Saul, commending and excusing himself, God's rejection of him for his disobedience.
1 Samuel 15:10 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto Samuel, sayinge: 1 Samuel 15:11 it repenteth me that I haue made Saul King. For he is turned from me, & hath not parformed my commaundementes, wherfore Samuel was euyl apayde & cryed vnto the Lord all nyght. 1 Samuel 15:12 And Samuel rose earlye, to mete Saul in the mornynge. And it was tolde Samuel that Saule was come to Carmell, and had set hym vp a pyller of triumphe. And was turned and departed and gone to Galgall. 1 Samuel 15:13 And when Samuel was come to Saule, Saule sayde vnto hym: Blessed be thou in the Lorde. I haue done the commaundemente of the Lorde. 1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel aunswered: what meaneth then the bleatynge of the shepe in myne eares, & the noyse of the oxen whiche I heare? 1 Samuel 15:15 And Saule sayde: they haue broughte them from the Amaleckytes. For the people spared the best of the shepe and of the oxen, to sacrifyce vnto the Lorde thy God. And the remnaunt we haue destroyed. 1 Samuel 15:16 But Samuel sayde to Saul: cease and let me tell the what the Lorde hath sayde to me thys nyght. And he sayde vnto him: saye on. 1 Samuel 15:17 And Samuel sayde when thou waste lytle in thyne owne sighte, wast thou not made the head of the trybes of Israell? And the Lorde anoynted the Kynge ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 15:18 And then þe Lord sent the on a iourneye, & sayde vnto the, se that thou vtterlye destroye those synners, the Amaleckites & fyght agaynste them vntil ye haue vtterlye destroyed them. 1 Samuel 15:19 And wherfore hast thou now not obeyed the voyce of þe Lorde. But dydest turne to the praye & haste wrought wickednesse in the sight of the Lord? 1 Samuel 15:20 And Saule sayde vnto Samuel: I haue obeyed the voyce of the Lorde, and wente the waye which the Lord sent me, & haue brought Agag the Kynge of the Amaleckites. And haue vtterlye destroyed the Amaleckites. 1 Samuel 15:21 And þe people toke of the spoyle, shepe, oxen, and the chiefest of the thynges which shulde haue ben destroyed, to offer vnto the Lorde thy God in Galgal. 1 Samuel 15:22 Then sayde Samuel: hath the Lorde as great pleasure in burnt sacryfyces & offerynges, as he hath that thou shouldest obeye hys voyce? Beholde, to obeye is better then offeryng, and to geue heade is better then the fat of rammes. 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellyousnesse is as the synne of witchcrafte, & stoburnesse is wyckednesse and Idolatrye. Because therfore thou hast cast awaye the worde of the Lorde, therfore hath the Lorde caste awaye the also, from beynge Kynge.
1 Samuel 15:24 Then sayde Saul to Samuel: I haue sinned, for I haue trespaced the mouthe of the Lorde, and thy wordes, because I feared the people and obeyed theyr voyce. 1 Samuel 15:25 But now take awaye my synne, & turne agayne wyth me, that I maye worshyppe the Lord. 1 Samuel 15:26 Then sayd Samuel vnto Saul: I wyll not returne wyth the: for thou hast cast awaye the byddyng of God, & therfore the Lorde hath cast awaye the also, that thou shalt not be Kyng ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 15:27 And as Samuel turned to go awaye, he caught the lappe of hys coote, and it rente. 1 Samuel 15:28 Then Samuel saide: the Lorde hath rente the Kyngdome of Israel from the this daye, and hath geuen it to a neyghbour of thyne, that is better then thou. 1 Samuel 15:29 And therto he that geueth victorye to Israel, wyl not begyle nor repente: for he is not a man, that can repent. 1 Samuel 15:30 Then he sayd: I haue synned. But yet honoure me before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turne agayne wyth me, that I maye praye vnto the Lorde thy God. 1 Samuel 15:31 And Samuell turned agayne, and folowed Saule. And Saul prayed vnto the Lord.
Samuel killeth Agag.
1 Samuel 15:32 Then sayde Samuel: Bryng ye hyther to me Agag the Kynge of the Amaleckytes. And Agag came vnto hym delycately. And Agag said: truly the bytternesse of death cometh on. And Samuel sayde: 1 Samuel 15:33 As thy swerde hath made wemen chyldelesse, so shall thy mother be chyldlesse among other wemen. And so Samuell hewed Agag in peces before the Lord in Galgal. And then Samuell departed to Ramath.
Samuel and Saul part.
1 Samuel 15:34 And Saul went home to hys house to Gabaah Saule. 1 Samuel 15:35 But Samuel came no more to se Saule vntyll the day of hys death. Neuerthelesse Samuel mourned for Saule, because the Lorde repented that he had made hym Kyng ouer Israel.