1 Samuel 15:3

Overview - 1 Samuel 15
Samuel sends Saul to destroy Amalek.
Saul favours the Kenites.
He spares Agag and the best of the spoil.
10 Samuel denounces unto Saul God's rejection of him for his disobedience.
24 Saul's humiliation.
32 Samuel kills Agag.
34 Samuel and Saul part.
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1 Samuel 15:3  (King James Version)
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Now go
The Amalekites, a people of Arabia Petra, who inhabited a tract of country on the frontiers of Egypt and Canaan, had acted with great cruelty towards the Israelites on their coming out of Egypt, and God then purposed that Amalek, as a nation, should be blotted out from under heaven; but it had been spared till it had filled up the measure of its iniquities, and now this purpose is carried into effect by Saul, upwards of 400 years afterwards! Nothing could justify such an exterminating decree but the absolute authority of God; and this was given: all the reasons of it we do not know; but this we know well, the Judge of all the earth doeth right.

utterly destroy
Leviticus 27:28 Leviticus 27:29 ; Numbers 24:20 ; Deuteronomy 13:15 Deuteronomy 13:16 ; 20:16-18 Joshua 6:17-21

Exodus 20:5 ; Numbers 31:17 ; Isaiah 14:21 Isaiah 14:22

ox and sheep
Genesis 3:17 Genesis 3:18 ; Romans 8:20-22