1 Samuel 15:10-35

Samuel Rebukes Saul

10 Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying,
11 "1I regret that I have made Saul king, for 2he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and 3cried out to the LORD all night.
12 Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul came to 4Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on down to 5Gilgal."
13 Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "6Blessed are you of the LORD! I have carried out the command of the LORD."
14 But Samuel said, "7What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"
15 Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites, for 8the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed."
16 Then Samuel said to Saul, "Wait, and let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night." And he said to him, "Speak!"
17 Samuel said, "Is it not true, 9though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the LORD anointed you king over Israel,
18 and the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, '10Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.'
19 "Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, 11but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?"
20 Then Saul said to Samuel, "12I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21 "But 13the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal."
22 Samuel said, "14Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, 15to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 "For rebellion is as the sin of 16divination, And insubordination is as 17iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, 18He has also rejected you from being king."
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, "19I have sinned; 20I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
25 "Now therefore, 21please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD."
26 But Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you; for 22you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel."
27 As Samuel turned to go, 23Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.
28 So Samuel said to him, "24The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.
29 "Also the 25Glory of Israel 26will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind."
30 Then he said, "I have sinned; 27but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, 28that I may worship the LORD your God."
32 Then Samuel said, "Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past."
33 But Samuel said, "29As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to 30Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at 31Gibeah of Saul.
35 32Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel 33grieved over Saul. And the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
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