Bible: 1 Samuel 13:5-14

13:5 For the battle with Israel the Philistines had amassed 3,000 1  chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. 13:6 The men of Israel realized they had a problem because their army was hard pressed. So the army hid in caves, thickets, cliffs, strongholds, 2  and cisterns. 13:7 Some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan River 3  to the land of Gad and Gilead. But Saul stayed at Gilgal; the entire army that was with him was terrified. 13:8 He waited for seven days, the time period indicated by Samuel. 4  But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the army began to abandon Saul. 5 

13:9 So Saul said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” Then he offered a burnt offering. 13:10 Just when he had finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel appeared on the scene. Saul went out to meet him and to greet him. 6 

13:11 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul replied, “When I saw that the army had started to abandon me 7  and that you didn’t come at the appointed time and that the Philistines had assembled at Micmash, 13:12 I thought, 8 Now the Philistines will come down on me at Gilgal and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt obligated 9  to offer the burnt offering.”

13:13 Then Samuel said to Saul, “You have made a foolish choice! You have not obeyed 10  the commandment that the Lord your God gave 11  you. Had you done that, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever! 13:14 But now your kingdom will not continue! The Lord has sought out 12  for himself a man who is loyal to him 13  and the Lord has appointed 14  him to be leader over his people, for you have not obeyed what the Lord commanded you.”

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