1 Samuel 15:14
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New International Version
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"

New Living Translation
"Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?" Samuel demanded.

English Standard Version
And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?”

New American Standard Bible
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"

King James Bible
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samuel replied, "Then what is this sound of sheep and cattle I hear?"

International Standard Version
Samuel said, "Then what is this bleating of sheep in my ears and the lowing of cattle that I hear?"

NET Bible
Samuel replied, "If that is the case, then what is this sound of sheep in my ears and the sound of cattle that I hear?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, Samuel asked, "But what is this sound of sheep in my ears and this sound of cows that I hear?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

King James 2000 Bible
And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

American King James Version
And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

American Standard Version
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said: What meaneth then this bleating of the flocks, which soundeth in my ears, and the lowing of the herds, which I hear?

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said, What [means] then this bleating of sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of oxen which I hear?

English Revised Version
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

World English Bible
Samuel said, "Then what does this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the cattle which I hear mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel saith, 'And what is the noise of this flock in mine ears -- and the noise of the herd which I am hearing?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:10-23 Repentance in God is not a change of mind, as it is in us, but a change of method. The change was in Saul; He is turned back from following me. Hereby he made God his enemy. Samuel spent a whole night in pleading for Saul. The rejection of sinners is the grief of believers: God delights not in their death, nor should we. Saul boasts to Samuel of his obedience. Thus sinners think, by justifying themselves, to escape being judged of the Lord. The noise the cattle made, like the rust of the silver, Jas 5:3, witnessed against him. Many boast of obedience to the command of God; but what means then their indulgence of the flesh, their love of the world, their angry and unkind spirit, and their neglect of holy duties, which witness against them? See of what evil covetousness is the root; and see what is the sinfulness of sin, and notice that in it which above any thing else makes it evil in the sight of the Lord; it is disobedience: Thou didst not obey the voice of the Lord. Carnal, deceitful hearts, like Saul, think to excuse themselves from God's commandments by what pleases themselves. It is hard to convince the children of disobedience. But humble, sincere, and conscientious obedience to the will of God, is more pleasing and acceptable to him than all burnt-offering and sacrifices. God is more glorified and self more denied, by obedience than by sacrifice. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burned upon the altar, than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and to make our will subject to his will. Those are unfit and unworthy to rule over men, who are not willing that God should rule over them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - What meaneth then this bleating? etc. Literally, "What is this voice of sheep in my ears, and the voice of oxen?" While Saul's own conscience was silent they were proclaiming his disobedience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Samuel said, what meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears,.... For the orders were to destroy all living creatures belonging to the Amalekites, 1 Samuel 15:3 if therefore Saul had performed the commandment of the Lord, as he said he had, from whence were these sheep Samuel heard bleating?

and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? where do they come from? these questions he put to convict him of the falsehood he had delivered; the bleating and lowing of these creatures proved him a liar, and were witnesses of his breach of the divine command; and one would think every bleating and lowing of these must alarm his conscience, unless dreadfully stupefied.



1 Samuel 15:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samuel Denounces Saul
13Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed are you of the LORD! I have carried out the command of the LORD." 14But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" 15Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed."…
Cross References
Exodus 32:21
He said to Aaron, "What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?"

1 Samuel 15:15
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."
Treasury of Scripture

And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

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Psalm 36:2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found …

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Jeremiah 2:18,19,22,23,34-37 And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters …

Malachi 3:13-15 Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

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