1 Samuel 15:8

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

Read 1 Samuel 15:8 Using Other Translations

And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword.
He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else.

What does 1 Samuel 15:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 15:8

And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive
This name seems to be a common name of the kings of these people, as Pharaoh was of the Egyptians, see ( Numbers 24:2 ) . When this king fell into the hands of Saul, he did not put him to death, as he should have done, but preserved him; for what reasons, see in the following verse:

and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword;
that is, all that came in his way, or fell into his hands; all between Havilah and Shur; all excepting those that made their escape, for we after read of Amalekites, and that in large bodies, ( 1 Samuel 27:8 ) ( 30:1 ) .

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