1 Samuel 15:19
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New International Version
Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?"

New Living Translation
Why haven't you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD's sight?"

English Standard Version
Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?”

New American Standard Bible
"Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?"

King James Bible
Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So why didn't you obey the LORD? Why did you rush on the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD's sight?"

International Standard Version
Why didn't you obey the LORD, but grabbed the spoil and did evil in the LORD's sight?"

NET Bible
Why haven't you obeyed the LORD? Instead you have greedily rushed upon the plunder! You have done what is wrong in the LORD's estimation."

New Heart English Bible
Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but took the spoils, and did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why didn't you obey the LORD? Why have you taken their belongings and done what the LORD considers evil?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore then didst thou not hearken to the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst that which was evil in the sight of the LORD?'

New American Standard 1977
“Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why then didst thou not hear the voice of the LORD but didst fly upon the spoil and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

King James 2000 Bible
Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did pounce upon the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?

American King James Version
Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did fly on the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?

American Standard Version
Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of Jehovah, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then didst thou not hearken to the voice of the Lord: but hast turned to the prey, and hast done evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Why then didst thou not hearken to the voice of Jehovah, but didst fall upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of Jehovah?

English Revised Version
wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst that which was evil in the sight of the LORD?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

World English Bible
Why then didn't you obey the voice of Yahweh, but took the spoils, and did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh?"

Young's Literal Translation
and why hast thou not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah -- and dost fly unto the spoil, and dost do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah?'
Study Bible
Samuel Denounces Saul
18and the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, 'Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.' 19"Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?" 20Then Saul said to Samuel, "I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 14:32
The people rushed greedily upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.

1 Samuel 15:20
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
Treasury of Scripture

Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did fly on the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?

fly upon

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Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers …

Habakkuk 2:9-12 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

didst evil

2 Chronicles 33:2,6 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the …

2 Chronicles 36:12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God…

(19) Didst fly upon the spoil.--The expression used evidently includes the idea of greedy eagerness, as though Samuel detected a spirit of grasping covetousness at the bottom of this disobedient act of Saul's.

Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord,.... Who had made him king, and sent him on this errand, and gave him such plain directions, and such strong orders to make an entire consumption of Amalek:

but didst fly upon the spoil; like a bird of prey, such as an eagle or vulture, not to devote it to the Lord, by an entire destruction of it, but to seize it for his own use, as being greedily desirous and covetous of it:

and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? by disobeying his commands, from whose sight nothing can be hid. 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.
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