1 Samuel 15 ©
Saul is sent to destroy Amalek. He favoureth the Kenites; smiteth the Amalekites; but spareth Agag and the best of the spoil. His disobedience displeaseth the Lord. Samuel denounceth unto him God's rejection of him. Saul's fruitless humiliation. Samuel cutteth Agag in pieces. He and Saul part, and meet no more.
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and 1laid wait in the valley.
¶And Saul said unto the kKenites, Go, ldepart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye mshewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
But Saul and the people sspared Agag, and the tbest of the sheep, and of the oxen, and 2of the *fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was *vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
¶Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
It urepenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he vis turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it wgrieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee dwhat the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
And Samuel said, jHath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, kto obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
And Samuel said, zAs thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel a*hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in bGilgal.