The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The First Book of Samuel
Otherwise Called, The First Book of the Kings
Saul's Disobedience and Rejection
Samuel also said unto Saul, The L ORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the L 1 Sam. 10.1 ORD.
Thus saith the L ORD of hosts, I remember that which Am'alek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Ex. 17.8-14 · Deut. 25.17-19
Now go and smite Am'alek, 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.
¶ And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Tela'im, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
And Saul came to a city of Am'alek, and laid wait in the valley.
And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amal'ekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye showed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amal'ekites.
And Saul smote the Amal'ekites from Hav'ilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
And he took Agag the king of the Amal'ekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of 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 L ORD unto Samuel, saying,
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the L ORD all night.
And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the L ORD: I have performed the commandment of the L ORD.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amal'ekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the L ORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the L ORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
¶ And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the L ORD anointed thee king over Israel?
And the L ORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amal'ekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the L ORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the L ORD?
And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the L ORD, and have gone the way which the L ORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Am'alek, and have utterly destroyed the Amal'ekites.
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the L ORD thy God in Gilgal.
And Samuel said, Hath the L ORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the L ORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the L ORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
¶ And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the L ORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the L ORD.
And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the L ORD, and the L ORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
And Samuel said unto him, The L ORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou.
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the L ORD thy God.
So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the L ORD.
¶ Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amal'ekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past.
And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the L ORD in Gilgal.
¶ Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gib'e-ah of Saul.
And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the L ORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.