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Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Samuel 15:2-35

III. SAMUEL AND SAUL 7:2-15:35This third major part of 1 Samuel contains three subsections: Samuel’s ministry as Israel’s judge (1 Samuel 7:2-17), the kingship given to Saul (chs. 8-12), and the kingship removed from Saul (chs. 13-15). The main point seems to be Israel’s unjustified dissatisfaction with her sovereign God and its awful consequences. In spite of His people’s rejection, the Lord continued to show them mercy and faithfulness. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

Saul’s Victory over Amalek. His Disobedience and RejectionAmalek had attacked Israel at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8) and opposed their entrance into Canaan (Numbers 14:45: cp. Deuteronomy 25:7; They are mentioned as allies of the Midianites in Judges 7:12. The Amalekite nomads probably occupied a large tract of the wilderness S. of Judah. This chapter evidently comes from a different source from the preceding, which concludes the history of Saul. It forms the connexion between the history of Saul and... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Samuel 15:11

(11) It repenteth me . . . —“God does not feel the pain of remorse (says St. Augustine in Psalms 131:0), nor is He ever deceived, so as to desire to correct anything in which He has erred. But as a man desires to make a change when he repents, so when God is said in Scripture to repent, we may expect a change from Him. He changed Saul’s kingdom when it is said He repented of making him king.”—Bishop Wordsworth.And it grieved Samuel—“Many grave thoughts seem to have presented themselves at once... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

Obedience 1 Samuel 15:10-23 Obedience is a sacrifice better, because more profound than any other sacrifice can be. 'It is much easier,' Matthew Henry remarks, 'to bring a bullock or a lamb to be burnt upon the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and make the will subject to His will.' Sacrifice is as the presents which Hiram sent to Solomon; but obedience is like the artist whom he sent to remain in Jerusalem and do the finest work of the Temple for obedience is a... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

CHAPTER XXI.THE FINAL REJECTION OF SAUL1 Samuel 15:1-35.HERE we find the second portion of God’s indictment against Saul, and the reason for his final rejection from the office to which he had been raised. There is no real ground for the assertion of some critics that in this book we have two accounts of Saul’s rejection, contradictory one of the other, because a different ground is asserted for it in the one case from that assigned in the other. The first rejection (1 Samuel 13:13-14) was the... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

8. War with Amalek: Saul’s Disobedience and Rejection CHAPTER 15 1. The commission to destroy Amalek (1 Samuel 15:1-9 ) 2. Saul’s disobedience and rejection (1 Samuel 15:10-23 ) 3. Saul’s confession (1 Samuel 15:24-31 ) 4. The doom of Agag (1 Samuel 15:32-35 ) From verse 48 in the previous chapter we learn that Saul smote the Amalekites. Samuel is sent by Jehovah with a new message to Saul telling him to smite Amalek again and to destroy utterly all that they have. It involves another... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - 1 Samuel 15:11

15:11 It {e} repenteth me that I have set up Saul [to be] king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.(e) God in his eternal counsel never changes or repents, as in 1 Samuel 15:29, though he seems to us to repent when anything goes contrary to his temporal election. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

God had a more solemn controversy with the Amalekites than with the Philistines. The mere formal worship typified by the Philistines is empty; but Amalekite "lusts of the flesh" are a deadly enemy that had afflicted Israel from the time of their leaving Egypt. Samuel reminds Saul that it was the Lord who had sent him to anoint Saul as king over Israel, and calls for his attention to the authoritative words of God. God remembered the early attack of this bitter enemy of Israel (Exodus 17:8),... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

THE MAN AFTER GOD ’S HEART ANOTHER COMMISSION FOR SAMUEL (1 Samuel 15:1-9 ) How long a time elapsed since the last chapter is indeterminable. Saul’s victory seems to have driven the Philistines out of Israel’s territory, and to have been followed by successful sallies against other enemies. He had been warned of God that because of his presumption at Gilgal (chap. 13), the kingdom would be taken from him and given to another; but God seems willing to allow him another chance, or at least... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - 1 Samuel 15:1-35

Saul Rejected 1Sa 15:11 THIS is a decisive word, and a good reason is given for its being spoken. God is said to "repent" when, for moral reasons, he sets aside arrangements which he had appointed. The change is not in God, it is in man: all the government of God is founded upon a moral basis; when moral conditions have been impaired or disturbed, God's relation to the matter in question is of necessity changed; and this change, justified by such reasons, could not be more conveniently or... read more

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