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Shmuel A/1 Samuel  15:1 - 34

Chapter 15

1 Samuel said to Saul; "HASHEM sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel, so now hear the sound of HASHEM's words.

2 "So said HASHEM, Master of Legions; I remembered what Amalek did to Israel, (the ambush) he emplaced against him on the way, as he went up from Egypt.  3 Now go and strike down Amalek and destroy everything he has, have no pity on him; kill man and woman alike, infant and suckling alike, ox and sheep alike, camel and donkey alike."

4 Saul had all the people summoned and he counted them through lambs; two hundred thousand infantry, and the men of Judah were ten thousand.  5 Saul came up to the city of Amalek, and he made war in the valley.  6 Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, withdraw, descend from among the Amalekites lest I destroy you with them; for you performed kindness with all the Children of Israel when they went up from Egypt. " The Kenites withdrew from among Amalek.

7 Saul struck down Amalek from Havilah to the approach to Shur, which faces Egypt.  8 He captured Agag, the king of Amalek alive, and the entire people he destroyed by the sword.  9 Saul and the people took pity on Agag; on the best of the sheep and cattle, the fatted bulls and the fatted sheep; and on all that was good; and they did not destroy them; only what was despicable and deteriorated did they destroy.

10 The word of HASHEM came to Samuel, saying,  11 "I have regretted that I made Saul king, for he has turned away from Me and has not fulfilled My word!" It aggrieved Samuel and he cried out to HASHEM the entire night.

12 Samuel woke up early in the morning to meet Saul It was told to Samuel, saying; "Saul came to the Carmel and behold! — he set up an altar and then he turned around and descended to the Gilgal.

13 Samuel came to Saul. Saul said to him, "Blessed are you to HASHEM, I have fulfilled the word of HASHEM.  14 Samuel said, "And what is this sound of the sheep in my ears and the sound of the cattle that I hear?"

15 Saul said, "I have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people took pity on the best of the sheep and cattle in order to slaughter them to HASHEM, your God, but we have destroyed the remainder. "

16 Samuel said to Saul, "Wait. I shall tell you what HASHEM spoke to me last night. " He said to him, "Speak. "

17 Samuel said, "Is this not so? — Though you are small in your own eyes, you are the head of the tribes of Israel; and HASHEM has anointed you to be king over Israel.  18 HASHEM sent you on the way, and He said, 'Go and destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and wage war with them until you have exterminated them.  19 Why did you not obey the voice of HASHEM? You rushed to the loot, and you did what was evil in the eyes of HASHEM.

20 Saul said to Samuel, "But I heeded the voice of HASHEM and I walked the path on which HASHEM sent me! l brought Agag, king of Amalek, and destroyed Amalek!  21 The people took the sheep and the cattle from the loot, the best of what was to be destroyed, in order to bring offerings to HASHEM, your God, in Gilgal. "

22 Samuel said, 'Does HASHEM take delight in elevation offerings and feast-offerings as in obedience to the voice of HASHEM? Behold! — obedience is better than a choice offering, attentiveness than the fat of rams.  23 For rebelliousness is like the sin of sorcery, and verbosity is like the iniquity of idolatry; because you have rejected the word of God, He has rejected you as king!"

24 Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned since I have transgressed the word of Hashem and your word, for I have feared the people and I obeyed their voice.  25 And now, please forgive my sin and return with me, and I will prostrate myself to Hashem."

26 Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you for you have rejected the word of Hashem and Hashem has rejected you from being king over Israel!"

27 Samuel turned away to leave, and [Saul] grabbed the hem of his tunic, and it tore.  28 Samuel said to him, "Hashem has torn the kingship of Israel away from you today, and has given it to your fellow who is better than you.  29 Moreover, the Eternal One of Israel does not lie and does not relent, for He is not a human that He should relent."

30 He said, "I have sinned. Now, please honor me in the presence of the elders of my people and in the presence of Israel; return with me, and I shall prostrate myself to Hashem, your God."  31 Samuel returned after Saul and Saul prostrated himself before Hashem.

32 Samuel said, "Bring to me Agag, king of Amalek." Agag went to him in chains; Agag said, "Truly, the bitterness of death has passed."

33 Samuel said, "Just as your sword made women childless so shall your mother be childless among the women!" And Samuel split Agag before Hashem in Gilgal.  34 Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his home at Gibeah of Saul.

 


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