For a long time now—
to this very day—
you have not deserted your brothers
but have carried out the mission
the LORD your GOD gave you.
~ Joshua 22
"The soldiers brought them
from the Amalekites4480 6003;
they spared the best of the sheep and cattle
to sacrifice to the LORD your God,
but we totally destroyed the rest."
"Stop!" Samuel said to Saul.
"Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night."
"Tell me," Saul replied.
"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.
And he sent you on a mission, saying,
'Go and completely destroy
those wicked people,
make war on them
until you have wiped them out.'
Why did you not obey the LORD ?
Why did you pounce on the plunder
and do evil in the eyes of the LORD ?"
"But I did obey the LORD,"
"I went on the mission the LORD assigned me.
I completely destroyed the Amalekites
and brought back Agag90 their king.
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."
But Samuel replied:
"Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD ?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
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."
Then Saul said to Samuel,
"I have sinned.
I violated the LORD's command
and your instructions.
I was afraid of the people
and so I gave in to them.
Now I beg you, forgive my sin
and come back with me,
so that I may worship the LORD."
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!"
~ 1 Samuel 15
... OR ELSE