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1 Samuel 15:20-24


15:20 Then Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed 1  the Lord! I went on the campaign 2  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.”

15:22 Then Samuel said,

“Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices

as much as he does in obedience? 3 

Certainly, 4  obedience 5  is better than sacrifice;

paying attention is better than 6  the fat of rams.

15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,

and presumption is like the evil of idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

he has rejected you as 7  king.”

15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have disobeyed what the Lord commanded 8  and what you said as well. 9  For I was afraid of the army, and I followed their wishes. 10 

1 tn Heb “listened to the voice of the Lord.”

2 tn Heb “journey.”

3 tn Heb “as [in] listening to the voice of the Lord.”

4 tn Heb “look.”

5 tn Heb “listening.”

6 tn The expression “is better” is understood here by ellipsis (see the immediately preceding statement).

7 tn Or “from [being].”

8 tn Heb “the mouth of the Lord.”

9 tn Heb “and your words.”

10 tn Heb “and I listened to their voice.”

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