F I R S T S A M U E L
In this chapter we have the final rejection of
Saul from being king, for his disobedience to God's command in not
utterly destroying the Amalekites. By his wars and victories he
hoped to magnify and perpetuate his own name and honour, but, by
his mismanagement of them, he ruined himself, and laid his honour
in the dust. Here is, I. The commission God gave him to destroy the
Amalekites, with a command to do it utterly, ver. 1-3. II. Saul's preparation for this
expedition, ver. 4-6.
III. His success, and partial execution of this commission,
ver. 7-9. IV. His
examination before Samuel, and sentence passed upon him,
notwithstanding the many frivolous pleas he made to excuse himself,
ver. 10-31. V. The
slaying of Agag, ver. 32,
33. VI. Samuel's final farewell to Saul, ver. 34, 35.