1 Samuel 15:9

9 1But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves[a] and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.

1 Samuel 15:9 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 15:9

And Saul and all the people spared Agag
Perhaps Saul made the motion to spare him, and the people agreed to it; it may be, out of respect to him as a king; or because of the comeliness of his person, the height of his stature, and the largeness of his body, as Josephus


FOOTNOTES:

F25 notes; or to carry him in triumph in a public show, see ( 1 Samuel 15:12 )

and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings;
or "of the second sort", as in the margin, the second best; or rather which shed their two long teeth, as sheep at two years old did when reckoned at their full strength, and fittest for sacrifice F26:

and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy
them;
as they were commanded, but kept them for their own private use and advantage, and this not only the best and fattest of the flocks and herds, but of their household goods:

but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly:
such of the cattle that were poor and lean, lame or blind, or had any defect in them, and household goods that were mere rubbish and lumber; such they entirely destroyed, killed the creatures, and burnt the goods; in doing which they thought they fulfilled the will of God.


F25 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 6. c. 7.) sect. 2.
F26 Bidentes, Virgil. Aeneid. l. 6. ver. 39. Vid. Servium in ib.

1 Samuel 15:9 In-Context

7 And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.
10 The word of the LORD came to Samuel:
11 "I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments." And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver. 15, 21; [1 Samuel 28:18]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew term is uncertain