1 Samuel 15:1-9 NIV

The LORD Rejects Saul as King

1 Samuel said to Saul, "I am the one the LORD sent to anoint1 you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD.

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2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I will punish the Amalekites2 for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

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3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally3 destroya everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.' "

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    • a 15:3 - The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 8, 9, 15, 18, 20 and 21.
      4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim--two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah.
      5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.
      6 Then he said to the Kenites,4 "Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

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      7 Then Saul attacked the Amalekites5 all the way from Havilah to Shur,6 to the east of Egypt.

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      8 He took Agag7 king of the Amalekites alive,8 and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

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      9 But Saul and the army spared9 Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calvesb and lambs--everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

      References for 1 Samuel 15:9

        • 9 15:9 - S ver 3; ver 3,15
        • b 15:9 - Or "the grown bulls"; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.