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1 Samuel 15 - NIV

9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[a] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel:

11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”

14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”

16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”
“Tell me,” Saul replied.

17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.

18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’

19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”

20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.

21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”

22 But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”

24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.

25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.”

26 But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”

27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.

28 Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.


a. 1 Samuel 15:9 Or the grown bulls; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

Sermons on 1 Samuel 15 More sermons: 1 Samuel 15

Robert Webb avatar
Living a life of Obedience
Shared by: Robert Webb on Sep, 2016
Summary: Many times we do God’s will so long as we see the sense of it and agree with it, yet we feel free to change it around a little to suit our lives ignoring His commands.
Christian Cheong avatar
The Disobedient Heart
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Mar, 2016
Summary: Avoid these pitfalls of disobedience - the temptation to rationalize it, to belittle it, to blame it, to give excuses for it, to please man rather than God.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 855
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
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The Fall of Saul
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: The Fall of Saul
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Saul's Fall
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Saul's Fall
Rev. Clarence Eisberg avatar
The Game of Thrones Begins
Shared by: Rev. Clarence Eisberg on Oct, 2015
Summary: Game of Thrones would well have been the title of I & II Kings in our Bible. Israel's desire to be ruled by a king was tainted by their worldly aspirations and would bring heavy, painful consequences until God’s true King arrived in Bethlehem.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:12
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 532
Madana Kumar, PhD avatar
Giving: God's Way: Biggest Myth about Giving
Shared by: Madana Kumar, PhD on Jun, 2015
Summary: Prosperity Gospel has degraded Christian Giving into a Barter system. Let us look at one of the biggest myths about giving. "
Edward Hardee avatar
Getting Rid of the Agagite: Generational Curses
Shared by: Edward Hardee on Jun, 2015
Summary: A message about the importance of dealing with generational curses (things we pick up from family). Different angle.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 898
Steve Klein avatar
Stubbornness is as Iniquity and Idolatry
Shared by: Steve Klein on May, 2015
Summary: While no serious Christian would overtly condone idolatry, we do something just as bad by allowing stubbornness to rule our hearts or the hearts of others.
Paul Clemente avatar
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2015
Summary: Since Christians are saved by grace, does it matter if we disobey?
Series: 1 Samuel
Paul Clemente avatar
How is our listening to God?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2015
Summary: Are we serious about hearing God?
Series: 1 Samuel
Damian Phillips avatar
Obedience, Not Sacrifice
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Oct, 2013
Summary: Saul disobeyed the Lord and expected Him to be pleased with his offering. God is more pleased by obedience. Many times we can disobey God and be blinded to our own sin. The purpose of this message is to help us become aware of disobedience.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,273
Jason Smith avatar
The WRONG Way: The Way That Seems Right
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: ALL THROUGH THE BIBLE ... THERE ARE STATEMENTS DESIGNED TO MAKE US AWARE OF POTENTIAL DANGER. One such warning is in Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."
based on 2 ratings
Views: 2,739
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Spiritual Protection For The Battlefield
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Feb, 2013
Summary: We are engaged in a spiritual war. A serious battle. For the Christian, faith is not spelled "F-A-I-T-H" it is spelled "R-I-S-K." If something is not a risk, then it really does not require faith.
Martin Holland avatar
Be Obedient
Shared by: Martin Holland on Jan, 2013
Summary: The actions of Saul gives classic lesson on obedience by his disobedience.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:12-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 717
Stephen E. Trail avatar
Rebel without a Cause
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Oct, 2012
Summary: A sermon about the dangers of rebellion.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,213
Daren Mitchell avatar
Don't Ignore the Bible
Shared by: Daren Mitchell on May, 2012
Summary: "I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live."
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Word and Spirit
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jan, 2012
Summary: The Holy Spirit acts in the human author of Scripture so that every word is inspired and true; the Holy Spirit also acts in the proclaimer and hearer so that the word can be efficatious in human life.
Edward Hardee avatar
Obedience is Better than Sacrifice
Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: Message about how our obedience is better than our sacrifice.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 3,491
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Shared by: Wilbur Madera Rivas on Aug, 2011
Summary: La desobediencia es evidencia de la incredulidad
Series: Cuesta abajo
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:17-23
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,136
Rick Boyne avatar
The Consequences of Sin
Shared by: Rick Boyne on May, 2011
Summary: We have forgiveness, but there are still consequences.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:22-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 899
Rick Boyne avatar
Obedience Is Better than Sacrifice
Shared by: Rick Boyne on May, 2011
Summary: Partial obedience is disobedience. Disobedience is the same as witchcraft.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,611
David Flowers avatar
The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
Shared by: David Flowers on Feb, 2011
Summary: Part 1 in the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality series, this message looks at signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality, and examines these characteristics in the life of Saul in 1 Samuel 15.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:19-22
Denomination: Free Methodist
Views: 3,572
W Pat Cunningham avatar
A Company's Obligation
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jan, 2010
Summary: A company has more social obligation than to make a profit.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:16-23
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 328
Arnoldo Torres avatar
Creando un Corazon confome al de Dios
Shared by: Arnoldo Torres on Nov, 2009
Summary: Todos hemos anhelado tener un corazón conforme al corazón de Dios, pero ¿Sera que esto se lograra únicamente por cantar canciones? O ¿será que David conocía como alegrar el corazón de Dios? Primero estudiemos a Saúl: él fue el primer Rey de Israel, el dic
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-28
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 2,928
Jerry Falwell avatar
Part 2: Men Who Finish Well
Shared by: Jerry Falwell on Sep, 2009
Summary: Continuing the sermon what does it mean to finish well.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:19-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 695
Harold Hansen avatar
Rebellion & Recovery
Shared by: Harold Hansen on Aug, 2009
Summary: A Sunday lesson on Rebellion & Recovery Robert Rimes
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,223
Eloy Gonzalez avatar
Saul: The King Who Fell from Grace
Shared by: Eloy Gonzalez on Mar, 2009
Summary: Lent Mid-week 2: Message based on (but not adapted from) Concordia Publishing House mid-week lenten series. Saul was chosen to be the Leader of God’s people. By choosing to disobey God, he lost God’s blessing and his position as king. Our King of kings
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:10-23
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 3,324
Ed Wood avatar
Shared by: Ed Wood on Aug, 2008
Summary: A message demonstrating the necessity of obedience to God.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,185
Ben Peak avatar
Acceptable Worship
Shared by: Ben Peak on Jan, 2008
Summary: I want to talk with you for a little while about this subject of worship. And I want us to consider the kind of worship that God accepts.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:12-31
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 2,931