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Saul Is Rejected as King

15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “I was the one the Lord sent to anoint you as king over his people Israel. Now listen to what the Lord says.[a] Here is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has said: ‘I carefully observed how the Amalekites opposed[b] Israel along the way when Israel[c] came up from Egypt. So go now and strike down the Amalekites. Destroy everything they have. Don’t spare[d] them. Put them to death—man, woman, child, infant, ox, sheep, camel, and donkey alike.’”

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  1. 1 Samuel 15:1 tn Heb “to the voice of the words of the Lord” (so KJV).
  2. 1 Samuel 15:2 tn Heb “what Amalek did to Israel, how he placed against him.”
  3. 1 Samuel 15:2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Israel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  4. 1 Samuel 15:3 tn Or perhaps “don’t take pity on” (cf. CEV).