Samuel said to Saul, "The Lord sent me to appoint you king over Israel. Now listen to his message.
This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: 'When the Israelites came out of Egypt, the Amalekites tried to stop them from going to Canaan. So I will punish them.
Now go, attack the Amalekites and destroy everything they own as an offering to the Lord. Don't let anything live. Put to death men and women, children and small babies, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'"
So Saul called the army together at Telaim. There were two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah.
Then Saul went to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the ravine.
He said to the Kenites, "Go away. Leave the Amalekites so that I won't destroy you with them, because you showed kindness to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
Then Saul defeated the Amalekites. He fought them all the way from Havilah to Shur, at the border of Egypt.
He took King Agag of the Amalekites alive, but he killed all of Agag's army with the sword.
Saul and the army let Agag live, along with the best sheep, fat cattle, and lambs. They let every good animal live, because they did not want to destroy them. But when they found an animal that was weak or useless, they killed it.
Then the Lord spoke his word to Samuel:
"I am sorry I made Saul king, because he has stopped following me and has not obeyed my commands." Samuel was upset, and he cried out to the Lord all night long.
Early the next morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul. But the people told Samuel, "Saul has gone to Carmel, where he has put up a monument in his own honor. Now he has gone down to Gilgal."
When Samuel came to Saul, Saul said, "May the Lord bless you! I have obeyed the Lord's commands."
But Samuel said, "Then why do I hear cattle mooing and sheep bleating?"
Saul answered, "The soldiers took them from the Amalekites. They saved the best sheep and cattle to offer as sacrifices to the Lord your God, but we destroyed all the other animals."
Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night." Saul answered, "Tell me."
Samuel said, "Once you didn't think much of yourself, but now you have become the leader of the tribes of Israel. The Lord appointed you to be king over Israel.
And he sent you on a mission. He said, 'Go and destroy those evil people, the Amalekites. Make war on them until all of them are dead.'
Why didn't you obey the Lord? Why did you take the best things? Why did you do what the Lord said was wrong?"
Saul said, "But I did obey the Lord. I did what the Lord told me to do. I destroyed all the Amalekites, and I brought back Agag their king.
The soldiers took the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal."
But Samuel answered, "What pleases the Lord more: burnt offerings and sacrifices or obedience to his voice? It is better to obey than to sacrifice. of sheep.
Disobedience is as bad as the sin of sorcery. Pride is as bad as the sin of worshiping idols. You have rejected the Lord's command. Now he rejects you as king."
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I didn't obey the Lord's commands and your words. I was afraid of the people, and I did what they said.
Now, I beg you, forgive my sin. Come back with me so I may worship the Lord."
But Samuel said to Saul, "I won't go back with you. You rejected the Lord's command, and now he rejects you as king of Israel."
As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught his robe, and it tore.
Samuel said to him, "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors who is better than you.
The Lord is the Eternal One of Israel. He does not lie or change his mind. He is not a human being, so he does not change his mind.
Saul answered, "I have sinned. But please honor me in front of the older leaders of my people and in front of the Israelites. Come back with me so that I can worship the Lord your God."
So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
Then Samuel said, "Bring me King Agag of the Amalekites." Agag came to Samuel in chains, but Agag thought, "Surely the threat of death has passed."
Samuel said to him, "Your sword made other mothers lose their children. Now your mother will have no children." And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.
Then Samuel left and went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah.
And Samuel never saw Saul again the rest of his life, but he was sad for Saul. And the Lord was very sorry he had made Saul king of Israel.
The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you continue to feel sorry for Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. Fill your container with olive oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse who lives in Bethlehem, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
But Samuel said, "If I go, Saul will hear the news and will try to kill me." The Lord said, "Take a young calf with you. Say, 'I have come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.'
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice. Then I will tell you what to do. You must appoint the one I show you."
Samuel did what the Lord told him to do. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the older leaders of Bethlehem shook with fear. They met him and asked, "Are you coming in peace?"
Samuel answered, "Yes, I come in peace. I have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Set yourselves apart to the Lord and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he set Jesse and his sons apart to the Lord, and he invited them to come to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab, and he thought, "Surely the Lord has appointed this person standing here before him."
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't look at how handsome Eliab is or how tall he is, because I have not chosen him. God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Then Jesse called Abinadab and told him to pass by Samuel. But Samuel said, "The Lord has not chosen this man either."
Then Jesse had Shammah pass by. But Samuel said, "No, the Lord has not chosen this one."
Jesse had seven of his sons pass by Samuel. But Samuel said to him, "The Lord has not chosen any of these."
Then he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" Jesse answered, "I still have the youngest son. He is out taking care of the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him. We will not sit down to eat until he arrives."
So Jesse sent and had his youngest son brought in. He was a fine boy, tanned, and handsome. The Lord said to Samuel, "Go, appoint him, because he is the one."
So Samuel took the container of olive oil and poured it on Jesse's youngest son to appoint him in front of his brothers. From that day on, the Lord's Spirit worked in David. Samuel then went back to Ramah.
But the Lord's Spirit had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
Saul's servants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is troubling you.
Give us the command to look for someone who can play the harp. When the evil spirit from God troubles you, he will play, and you will feel better."
So Saul said to his servants, "Find someone who can play well and bring him to me."
One of the servants said, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem play the harp. He is brave and courageous. He is a good speaker and handsome, and the Lord is with him."
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse, saying, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."
So Jesse loaded a donkey with bread, a leather bag full of wine, and a young goat, and he sent them with his son David to Saul.
When David came to Saul, he began to serve him. Saul liked David and made him the officer who carried his armor.
Saul sent a message to Jesse, saying, "Let David stay and serve me because I like him."
When the evil spirit from God troubled Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then the evil spirit would leave him, and Saul would feel better.
Then an expert on the law stood up to test Jesus, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to get life forever?"
Jesus said, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?"
The man answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind." Also, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."
Jesus said to him, "Your answer is right. Do this and you will live."
But the man, wanting to show the importance of his question, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus answered, "As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, some robbers attacked him. They tore off his clothes, beat him, and left him lying there, almost dead.
It happened that a Jewish priest was going down that road. When he saw the man, he walked by on the other side.
Next, a Leviten came there, and after he went over and looked at the man, he walked by on the other side of the road.
Then a Samaritann traveling down the road came to where the hurt man was. When he saw the man, he felt very sorry for him.
The Samaritan went to him, poured olive oil and winen on his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he put the hurt man on his own donkey and took him to an inn where he cared for him.
The next day, the Samaritan brought out two coins, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of this man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.'"
Then Jesus said, "Which one of these three men do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by the robbers?"
The expert on the law answered, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Then go and do what he did."
While Jesus and his followers were traveling, Jesus went into a town. A woman named Martha let Jesus stay at her house.
Martha had a sister named Mary, who was sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to him teach.
But Martha was busy with all the work to be done. She went in and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me alone to do all the work? Tell her to help me."
But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things.
Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the better thing, and it will never be taken away from her."