The Voice of the LORD - 1st Samuel 15

1 Samuel 15: Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to  anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now  therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the  LORD. 

1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember  that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for  him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 

1 Samuel 15:3 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. 

1 Samuel 15:4 And Saul  gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim,  two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of  Judah. 

1 Samuel 15:5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid  wait in the valley.  

1 Samuel 15:6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get  you down from among the 
Amalekites, lest I destroy you  with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of  Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites  departed from among the Amalekites. 

1 Samuel 15:7 And Saul  smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to  Shur, that is over against Egypt. 

1 Samuel 15:8 And he took Agag  the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all  the people with the edge of the sword. 

1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and  the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of  the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that  was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every  thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

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1 Samuel 15:10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel,  saying, 

1 Samuel 15:11 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 the LORD all night. 

1 Samuel 15:12 And when  Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told  Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set  him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone  down to Gilgal. 

1 Samuel 15:13 And Samuel came to Saul: and  Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have  performed the commandment of the LORD. 

1 Samuel 15:14 And  Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep  in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?  

1 Samuel 15:15 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 the LORD thy God; and the  rest we have utterly destroyed. 

1 Samuel 15:16 Then Samuel said  unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath  said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 

1 Samuel 15:17  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own  sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel,  and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? 

1 Samuel 15:18 And  the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly  destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them  until they be consumed. 

1 Samuel 15:19 Wherefore then didst thou  not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the  spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 

1 Samuel 15:20 And  Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the  LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me,  and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have  utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 

1 Samuel 15:21 But the people  took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things  which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto  the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said,  Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and  sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to  obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat  of rams. 

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,  and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou  hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected  thee from being king.   

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I  have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy  words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.  

1 Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn  again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 

1 Samuel 15:26 And  Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou  hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath  rejected thee from being king over Israel. 

1 Samuel 15:27 And as  Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt  of his mantle, and it rent. 

1 Samuel 15:28 And Samuel said unto  him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee  this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is  better than thou. 

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel  will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should  repent. 

1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour  me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and  before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship  the LORD thy God. 

1 Samuel 15:31 So Samuel turned again after  Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.  

1 Samuel 15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag  the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him  delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is  past. 

1 Samuel 15:33 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 the  LORD in Gilgal.  

1 Samuel 15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up  to his house to Gibeah of Saul. 

1 Samuel 15:35 And Samuel came  no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless  Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he  had made Saul king over Israel.KJV