1 Samuel 15
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1 Samuel 15
The LORD YHWH Rejects Saul as King...
And Shemu`el said to Sha`ul, ` YHWH sent me to anoint you sovereign over His people, over Yisra`el. And now, listen to the voice of the words of YHWH.
'Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'I shall punish Amaleq for what he did to Yisra'el, how he set himself against him on the way when he came up from Mitsrayim.
'Now go, and you shall smite Amaleq and put under the ban all that he has, and you shall not spare them, and put to death from man to woman, from infant to nursing child, from ox to sheep, from camel to donkey.''
Then Sha'ul summoned the people and mustered them in Tela'im, two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men of Yehudah.
And Sha'ul came to a city of Amaleq, and lay in wait in the wadi.
And Sha'ul said to the Qeynites, 'Go, turn aside, come down from among the Amaleqites, lest I destroy you with them. For you did show kindness to all the children of Yisra'el when they came up out of Mitsrayim.' So the Qeynites turned aside from the midst of the Amaleqites.
And Sha'ul smote the Amaleqites, from Hawilah all the way to Shur, which is before Mitsrayim.
And he caught Agag sovereign of the Amaleqites alive, and put under the ban all the people with the edge of the sword.
But Sha'ul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, and the cattle, and the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not put them under the ban. But all goods despised and worthless, that they put under the ban.
And the word of YHWH came to Shemu'el, saying,
'I am grieved that I have set up Sha'ul as sovereign, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My words.' And it displeased Shemu'el, and he cried to YHWH all night.
And Shemu'el rose early in the morning to meet Sha'ul, and it was told to Shemu'el, saying, 'Sha'ul went to Karmel, and see, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and passed over, and went down to Gilgal.'
And Shemu'el came to Sha'ul, and Sha'ul said to him, 'Blessed are you of YHWH! I have performed the word of YHWH.'
But Shemu'el said, 'What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the cattle which I hear?'
And Sha'ul said, 'They have brought them from Amaleq, because the people spared the best of the sheep and the cattle, to slaughter to YHWH your Elohim. And the rest we have put under the ban.'
And Shemu'el said to Sha'ul, 'Wait, and let me declare to you what YHWH said to me last night.' And he said to him, 'Speak.'
And Shemu'el said, 'Though you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Yisra'el? And did not YHWH anoint you sovereign over Yisra'el?
'And YHWH sent you on the way, and said, 'Go, and you shall put under the ban the sinners, the Amaleqites, and fight against them until they are consumed.'
'And why did you not obey the voice of YHWH, but swooped down on the spoil, and did evil in the eyes of YHWH?'
And Sha'ul said to Shemu'el, 'I did obey the voice of YHWH, and I went on the way on which YHWH sent me, and brought back Agag sovereign of Amaleq, and I put Amaleq under the ban.
'But the people took of the spoil, of the sheep and cattle, the best of that which should have been put under the ban, to slaughter to YHWH your Elohim in Gilgal.'
Then Shemu'el said, 'Does YHWH delight in burnt offerings and slaughterings, as in obeying the voice of YHWH? Look, to obey is better than an offering, to heed is better than the fat of rams.
'For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of YHWH, He also does reject you as sovereign.'
And Sha'ul said to Shemu'el, 'I have sinned, for I have transgressed the command of YHWH and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
'And now, please pardon my sin, and return with me, and let me bow myself to YHWH.'
But Shemu'el said to Sha'ul, 'I do not return with you, for you have rejected the word of YHWH, and YHWH does reject you from being sovereign over Yisra'el.'
And as Shemu'el turned around to go away, Sha'ul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.
And Shemu'el said to him, ' YHWH has torn the reign of Yisra'el from you today, and has given it to a neighbour of yours, better than you.
'Moreover, the Eminence of Yisra'el does not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.'
Then he said, 'I have sinned. But esteem me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Yisra'el, and return with me, and I shall bow myself to YHWH your Elohim.'
And Shemu'el turned back after Sha'ul, and Sha'ul bowed himself to YHWH.
And Shemu'el said, 'Bring Agag sovereign of the Amaleqites here to me.' So Agag came to him delightedly, and Agag said, 'Truly, the bitterness of death has turned aside.'
And Shemu'el said, 'As your sword bereaved women, let your mother be bereaved among women too.' Shemu'el then hewed Agag to pieces before YHWH in Gilgal.
And Shemu'el went to Ramah, while Sha'ul went up to his house at Gib'ah of Sha'ul.
And Shemu'el did not see Sha'ul again until the day of his death, for Shemu'el mourned for Sha'ul. And YHWH was grieved that He had made Sha'ul to reign over Yisra'el.
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