Book 08 : NEVIIM - I SAMUEL - Chapter 015
And Samuel said unto Saul: 'The HaShem sent me to anoint
thee to be king over His people, over Israel; now therefore hearken thou unto
the voice of the words of HaShem
Thus saith HaShem of hosts: I remember that which Amalek
did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up out of
Now go and smite Amalek, 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 summoned the people, and numbered them in Telaim,
two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the
And Saul said unto the Kenites: 'Go, depart, get you down
from among the Amalekites, 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 Amalekites
And Saul smote the Amalekites, from Havilah as thou goest
to Shur, that is in front of Egypt
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites 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, even the young of the second birth, and the lambs, and
all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; but every thing that was
of no account and feeble, that they destroyed utterly
Then came the word of HaShem 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 HaShem all night
And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning; and it
was told Samuel, saying: 'Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he is setting him up
a monument, 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 HaShem; I have performed the commandment of HaShem.
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 Amalekites;
for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto
HaShem thy G-d; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
Then Samuel said unto Saul: 'Stay, and I will tell thee
what HaShem hath said to me this night.' And he said unto him: 'Say on.
And Samuel said: 'Though thou be little in thine own
sight, art thou not head of the tribes of Israel? And HaShem anointed thee king
and HaShem sent thee on a journey, and said: Go and
utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be
Wherefore then didst thou not hearken to the voice of
HaShem, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst that which was evil in the sight
And Saul said unto Samuel: 'Yea, I have hearkened to the
voice of HaShem, and have gone the way which HaShem sent me, and have brought
Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the
chief of the devoted things, to sacrifice unto HaShem thy G-d in Gilgal.
And Samuel said: 'Hath HaShem as great delight in
burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in hearkening to the voice of HaShem? 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 idolatry and teraphim. Because thou hast rejected the word of
HaShem, He hath also rejected thee from being king.
And Saul said unto Samuel: 'I have sinned; for I have
transgressed the commandment of HaShem, and thy words; because I feared the
people, and hearkened to their voice
Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and return with
me, that I may worship HaShem.
And Samuel said unto Saul: 'I will not return with thee;
for thou hast rejected the word of HaShem, and HaShem hath rejected thee from
being king over Israel.
And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon
the skirt of his robe, and it rent
And Samuel said unto him: 'The HaShem hath rent the
kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine,
that is better than thou
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie nor repent; for
He is not a man, that He should repent.
Then he said: 'I have sinned; yet honour me now, I pray
thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and return with me,
that I may worship HaShem thy G-d.
So Samuel returned after Saul; and Saul worshipped HaShem
Then said Samuel: 'Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of
the Amalekites.' And Agag came unto him in chains. And Agag said: 'Surely the
bitterness of death is at hand.
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 HaShem in Gilgal
Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house
And Samuel never beheld Saul again until the day of his
death; for Samuel mourned for Saul; and HaShem repented that He had made Saul
king over Israel
Book 08 : NEVIIM - I SAMUEL - Chapter 015