And he sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.'
Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder1 and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?"
"But I did obey2 the LORD," Saul said. "I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.
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."
But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice,3 and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,4 and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected5 the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned.6 I violated7 the LORD's command and your instructions. I was afraid8 of the people and so I gave in to them.
Now I beg you, forgive9 my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD."
But Samuel said to him, "I will not go back with you. You have rejected10 the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel!"
As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe,11 and it tore.1228
Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn13 the kingdom14 of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors--to one better than you.15