Saul Disobeys The Lord
Samuel said to Saul: "The Lord sent me to anoint you to be king over his people,
over Israel. Now therefore listen to the voice of the words of the Lord.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'I remember what Amalek did to Israel,
how he laid in wait for him on the road when he came from Egypt.
Now go and attack Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But slay both man and woman, child and baby, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."'
Saul struck the Amalekites from Havilah to Shur, near Egypt.
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 the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings, and the lambs and all that was good, and would not destroy them.
But everything that was vile they destroyed utterly.
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying: "I regret that I have set up Saul to be king. For he has turned back from following me,and has not performed my commandments."
And it grieved Samuel, and he cried to the Lord all night.
And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him: "Blessed be you of the Lord.
I have performed the commandment of the Lord."
Samuel said: "What means then this bleating of sheep and the lowing of 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 to the Lord your God.
And the rest we have destroyed utterly."
Then Samuel said to Saul: "The Lord sent you on a journey and said,
'Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites.'
Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?
"Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than to sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft,and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,he has also rejected you from being king."
Saul said: "I have sinned, for I have disobeyed the commandments of the Lord,
because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
Nevertheless, pardon my sin, I pray you, and come back with me,
so that I may worship the Lord."
But Samuel answered: "I will not go back with you,
for you have rejected the word of the Lord,
and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel."
Samuel turned to go away,
but Saul took hold of the skirt of his mantle and the skirt tore.
Samuel said to him: "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today,
and has given it to a neighbour of yours who is better than you.
The strength of Israel will not lie or repent; for he is not a man if he must
Saul said: "I have done wrong, but I pray you to honour me now,
before the elders of my people and before Israel,
and go back with me, that I may worship the Lord your God."
Samuel relented and went back with Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.
Then Samuel returned to Ramah, and Saul went to his house.
As long as he lived Samuel never saw Saul again, but he mourned for him.
And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.
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