And Samuel saith unto Saul, 'Me did Jehovah send to anoint
thee for king over His people, over Israel; and now, hearken to the voice of
the words of Jehovah:
'Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, I have looked after that which
Amalek did to Israel, that which he laid for him in the way in his going up out
Now, go, and thou hast smitten Amalek, and devoted all that
it hath, and thou hast no pity on it, and hast put to death from man unto
woman, from infant unto suckling, from ox unto sheep, from camel unto ass.'
And Saul summoneth the people, and inspecteth them in
Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand are men of Judah.
And Saul cometh in unto a city of Amalek, and layeth wait in
and Saul saith unto the Kenite, 'Go, turn aside, go down
from the midst of Amalek, lest I consume thee with it, and thou didst kindness
with all the sons of Israel, in their going up out of Egypt;' and the Kenite
turneth aside from the midst of Amalek.
And Saul smiteth Amalek from Havilah -- thy going in to
Shur, which is on the front of Egypt,
and he catcheth Agag king of Amalek alive, and all the
people he hath devoted by the mouth of the sword;
and Saul hath pity -- also the people -- on Agag, and on the
best of the flock, and of the herd, and of the seconds, and on the lambs, and
on all that is good, and have not been willing to devote them; and all
the work, despised and wasted -- it they devoted.
And the word of Jehovah is unto Samuel, saying,
'I have repented that I caused Saul to reign for king, for
he hath turned back from after Me, and My words he hath not performed;' and it
is displeasing to Samuel, and he crieth unto Jehovah all the night.
And Samuel riseth early to meet Saul in the morning, and it
is declared to Samuel, saying, 'Saul hath come in to Carmel, and lo, he is
setting up to himself a monument, and goeth round, and passeth over, and goeth
down to Gilgal.'
And Samuel cometh in unto Saul, and Saul saith to him,
'Blessed art thou of Jehovah; I have performed the word of Jehovah.'
And Samuel saith, 'And what is the noise of this
flock in mine ears -- and the noise of the herd which I am hearing?'
And Saul saith, 'From Amalek they have brought them, because
the people had pity on the best of the flock, and of the herd, in order to
sacrifice to Jehovah thy God, and the remnant we have devoted.'
And Samuel saith unto Saul, 'Desist, and I declare to thee
that which Jehovah hath spoken unto me to-night;' and he saith to him, 'Speak.'
And Samuel saith, 'Art not thou, if thou art little
in thine own eyes, head of the tribes of Israel? and Jehovah doth anoint thee
for king over Israel,
and Jehovah sendeth thee in the way, and saith, Go, and thou
hast devoted the sinners, the Amalekite, and fought against them till they are
and why hast thou not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah --
and dost fly unto the spoil, and dost do the evil thing in the eyes of
And Saul saith unto Samuel, 'Because -- I have hearkened to
the voice of Jehovah, and I go in the way which Jehovah hath sent me, and bring
in Agag king of Amalek, and Amalek I have devoted;
and the people taketh of the spoil of the flock and herd,
the first part of the devoted thing, for sacrifice to Jehovah thy God in
And Samuel saith, 'Hath Jehovah had delight in
burnt-offerings and sacrifices as in hearkening to the voice of Jehovah?
lo, hearkening than sacrifice is better; to give attention than fat of rams;
for a sin of divination is rebellion, and iniquity
and teraphim is stubbornness; because thou hast rejected the word of
Jehovah, He also doth reject thee from being king.'
And Saul saith unto Samuel, 'I have sinned, for I passed
over the command of Jehovah, and thy words; because I have feared the people, I
also hearken to their voice;
and now, bear, I pray thee, with my sin, and turn back with
me, and I bow myself to Jehovah.'
And Samuel saith unto Saul, 'I do not turn back with thee;
for thou hast rejected the word of Jehovah, and Jehovah doth reject thee from
being king over Israel.'
And Samuel turneth round to go, and he layeth hold on the
skirt of his upper robe -- and it is rent!
And Samuel saith unto him, 'Jehovah hath rent the kingdom of
Israel from thee to-day, and given it to thy neighbour who is better than thou;
and also, the Pre-eminence of Israel doth not lie nor
repent, for He is not a man to be penitent.'
And he saith, 'I have sinned; now, honour me, I pray thee,
before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn back with me; and I
have bowed myself to Jehovah thy God.'
And Samuel turneth back after Saul, and Saul boweth himself
and Samuel saith, 'Bring ye nigh unto me Agag king of
Amalek,' and Agag cometh unto him daintily, and Agag saith, 'Surely the
bitterness of death hath turned aside.'
And Samuel saith, 'As thy sword bereaved women -- so is thy
mother bereaved above women;' and Samuel heweth Agag in pieces before Jehovah
And Samuel goeth to Ramath, and Saul hath gone unto his
house -- to Gibeah of Saul.
And Samuel hath not added to see Saul till the day of his
death, for Samuel mourned for Saul, and Jehovah repented that He had caused
Saul to reign over Israel.