Bible: 1 Samuel 15:12-21

15:12 Then Samuel got up early to meet Saul the next morning. But Samuel was informed, “Saul has gone to Carmel where 1  he is setting up a monument for himself. Then Samuel left 2  and went down to Gilgal.” 3  15:13 When Samuel came to him, 4  Saul said to him, “May the Lord bless you! I have done what the Lord said.”

15:14 Samuel replied, “If that is the case, 5  then what is this sound of sheep in my ears and the sound of cattle that I hear? 15:15 Saul said, “They were brought 6  from the Amalekites; the army spared the best of the flocks and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord our God. But everything else we slaughtered.”

15:16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait a minute! 7  Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” Saul 8  said to him, “Tell me.” 15:17 Samuel said, “Is it not true that when you were insignificant in your own eyes, you became head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord chose 9  you as king over Israel. 15:18 The Lord sent you on a campaign 10  saying, ‘Go and exterminate those sinful Amalekites! Fight against them until you 11  have destroyed them.’ 15:19 Why haven’t you obeyed 12  the Lord? Instead you have greedily rushed upon the plunder! You have done what is wrong in the Lord’s estimation.” 13 

15:20 Then Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed 14  the Lord! I went on the campaign 15  the Lord sent me on. I brought back King Agag of the Amalekites after exterminating the Amalekites. 15:21 But the army took from the plunder some of the sheep and cattle – the best of what was to be slaughtered – to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

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