1And Samuel said to Saul, "Yahweh sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore hearken to the words of Yahweh. 2Thus says Yahweh of hosts, 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way, when they came up out of Egypt. 3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.' "
4So Saul summoned the people, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley. 6And Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7And Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9But 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; all that was despised and worthless they utterly destroyed.
10The word of Yahweh came to Samuel: 11"I repent 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 Yahweh all night. 12And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning; and it was told Samuel, "Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned, and passed on, and went down to Gilgal." 13And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed be you to Yahweh; I have performed the commandment of Yahweh." 14And Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" 15Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed." 16Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! I will tell you what Yahweh said to me this night." And he said to him, "Say on."
17And Samuel said, "Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? Yahweh anointed you king over Israel. 18And Yahweh sent you on a mission, and said, 'Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.' 19Why then did you not obey the voice of Yahweh? Why did you swoop on the spoil, and do what was evil in the sight of Yahweh?" 20And Saul said to Samuel, "I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh, I have gone on the mission on which Yahweh sent me, I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God in Gilgal." 22And Samuel said,
24And Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of Yahweh and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25Now therefore, I pray, pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship Yahweh." 26And Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of Yahweh, and Yahweh has rejected you from being king over Israel." 27As Samuel turned to go away, Saul laid hold upon the skirt of his robe, and it tore. 28And Samuel said to him, "Yahweh has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbour of yours, who is better than you. 29And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent." 30Then he said, "I have sinned; yet honour me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship Yahweh your God." 31So Samuel turned back after Saul; and Saul worshipped Yahweh.
32Then Samuel said, "Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." 33And Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before Yahweh in Gilgal.
34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And Yahweh repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
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