Saul's Unlawful Sacrifice

1 Samuel 13

8 j Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9 So Saul said, "Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me." And he offered the burnt offering. 10 Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might 1 greet him. 11 And Samuel said, "What have you done?" Saul said, "When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, 12 "then I said, 'The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.' Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering." 13 And Samuel said to Saul, k "You have done foolishly. l You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 m "But now your kingdom shall not continue. n The LORD has sought for Himself a man o after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have p not kept what the LORD commanded you."

15 Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of 2 Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people present with him, q about six hundred men. 16 Saul, Jonathan his son, and the people present with them remained in 3 Gibeah of Benjamin. But the Philistines encamped in Michmash. 17 Then raiders came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies. One company turned onto the road to r Ophrah, to the land of Shual, 18 another company turned to the road to s Beth Horon, and another company turned to the road of the border that overlooks the Valley of t Zeboim toward the wilderness.

19 Now u there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, "Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears." 20 But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man's plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle; 21 and the charge for a sharpening was a 4 pim 4 for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads. 22 So it came about, on the day of battle, that v there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son. 23 w And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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