1 Samuel 15:29
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New International Version
He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind."

New Living Translation
And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!"

English Standard Version
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”

New American Standard Bible
"Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind."

King James Bible
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Furthermore, the Eternal One of Israel does not lie or change His mind, for He is not man who changes his mind."

International Standard Version
Moreover, the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind, for he's not a man that he should change his mind."

NET Bible
The Preeminent One of Israel does not go back on his word or change his mind, for he is not a human being who changes his mind."

New Heart English Bible
And also the Glory of Israel will not retract or change his mind; for he is not a man that he should change his mind."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In addition, the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind, because he is not a mortal who changes his mind."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie nor repent; for He is not a man, that He should repent.'

New American Standard 1977
“And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And also the Overcomer of Israel will not lie nor repent concerning this, for he is not a man, that he should repent.

King James 2000 Bible
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

American King James Version
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

American Standard Version
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the triumpher in Israel will riot spare, and will not be moved to repentance: for he is not a mail that he should repent.

Darby Bible Translation
And also the Hope of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent.

English Revised Version
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man. that he should repent.

Webster's Bible Translation
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

World English Bible
Also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent."

Young's Literal Translation
and also, the Pre-eminence of Israel doth not lie nor repent, for He is not a man to be penitent.'
Study Bible
Saul's Confession
28So Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you. 29"Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind." 30Then he said, "I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the LORD your God."…
Cross References
Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

Hebrews 7:21
but Jesus became a priest with an oath by the One who said to Him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, 'You are a priest forever.'"

Numbers 23:19
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 Chronicles 29:11
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

Ezekiel 24:14
"I, the LORD, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you," declares the Lord GOD.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Strength. or, Eternity, or, Victory

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting …

Psalm 29:11 The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his …

Psalm 68:35 O God, you are terrible out of your holy places: the God of Israel …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; …

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

will not lie

Numbers 14:28,29 Say to them, As truly as I live, said the LORD, as you have spoken …

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

Psalm 95:11 To whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Ezekiel 24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; …

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

(29) The Strength of Israel will not lie.--This title of the Eternal, here rendered "the Strength of Israel," would be better rendered the Changeless One of Israel. The Hebrew word is first found in this passage. In later Hebrew, as in 1Chronicles 29:2, it is rendered "glory," from the Aramaean usage of speech (Keil). Some, less accurately, would translate it here "The Victory," or "the Triumph of Israel," will not lie, &c. In the eleventh verse of this chapter we read of the Eternal saying, "It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king," while here we find how "the Changeless One (or Strength) of Israel will . . . not repent." The truth is that with God there is no change. Now He approves of men and their works and days, and promises them rich blessings; now He condemns and punishes the ways and actions of the same men; hence He is said "to repent:" but the change springs alone from a change in the men themselves, not in God. Speaking in human language the Lord is said "to repent" because there was what appeared to be a change in the Eternal counsels.

"One instrument," well says Dean Payne Smith, "may be laid aside, and another chosen (as was the case of Saul), because God ordains that the instruments by which He works shall be beings endowed with free will." So God in the case of King Saul--in human language--was said to repent of His choice because, owing to Saul's deliberate choice of evil, the Divine purposes could not in his case be carried out. Predictions and promises in the Scriptures are never absolute, but are always conditional. Still, God is ever the "Changeless One of Israel." "The counsel of the Lord stands for ever" (Psalm 33:11). "I am Jehovah; I change not" (Malachi 3:6).

Verse 29. - The Strength - better, as in the margin, the Victory or Triumph - of Israel. He who is Israel's Victory, or He in whom Israel has victory, will not repent. In ver. 11 God was said to repent, because there was what appeared to be a change in the Divine counsels. "God gave Israel a king in his anger, and took him away in his wrath" (Hosea 13:11). But such modes of speaking are in condescension to human weakness. Absolutely with God there is no change. He is the Eternal Present, with whom all things that were, and are, and shall be are one. But even looked at from below, as this finite creature man looks at his Maker's acts, there is no change in the Divine counsels, because, amidst all the vicissitudes of human events, God's will moves calmly forward without let or hindrance. No lower or secondary motives influence him, no rival power thwarts him. One instrument may be laid aside, and another chosen, because God ordains that the instruments by which he works shall be beings endowed with free will. Saul was the very counterpart of the Jewish people - highly endowed with noble qualities, but headstrong, self-willed, disobedient. Nevertheless, he laid the foundation for the throne of David, who in so many points was the ideal of the theocratic king; and Israel in like manner prepared the way for the coming of the true Messianic King, and gave mankind the one Catholic, i.e. universal, religion. "He who is Israel's Victory does not repent." And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent,.... Neither of the evil which he had threatened to Saul in taking away the kingdom from him; nor of the good which he had promised to David in giving it to him; nor of his purpose and promise to Israel to protect and defend them, save and deliver them from the Philistines, and continue them a nation and kingdom: and for the confirmation of all this, this title or character of the Lord is given, "the Strength of Israel"; hence he cannot lie, which is the effect of weakness; nor repent or change his mind, as men do, when something unforeseen arises, which hinders the execution of their first design, and which through weakness they cannot surmount: and hence God would support Israel as a nation, and strengthen them against their enemies, and work deliverance and salvation for them: or "the victory of Israel" (q); the author of Israel's victories, and to whom they are to be ascribed, and who is able to give them more, and would; and as he did especially by David, to whom the kingdom is promised: or "the eternity of Israel" (r); that gives firmness, permanency, and duration to them; all which is true of Israel in a spiritual sense; he gives them spiritual strength, victory over their enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, permanent duration, everlasting salvation, immortality, and eternal life:

for he is not a man, that he should repent; men are weak and feeble, and cannot perform what they purpose or promise, and therefore repent; but God, the Strength of Israel, is able to perform whatever he has purposed or promised, and therefore repents not; men are changeable in their minds, and repent of their first thoughts and designs; but God is unchangeable, and never alters his counsels, breaks his covenant, reverses his blessings, repents of his gifts, nor changes his affections to his Israel. Abarbinel says this may be understood of Saul, and so be given as a reason why God would not repent of the evil he had threatened him with, because he was a man that repented not of his sin; but the first sense is best, and agrees with and is confirmed by Numbers 23:19.

(q) "victoria Israel", Montanus, Vatablus, Piscator; "victor Israelis", Tigurine version. (r) "Aeternitas Israelis", Junius & Tremellius. 29. the Strength of Israel will not lie—Hebrew, "He that gives a victory to Israel," a further rebuke of his pride in rearing the Carmel trophy, and an intimation that no loss would be sustained in Israel by his rejection.15:24-31 There were several signs of hypocrisy in Saul's repentance. 1. He besought Samuel only, and seemed most anxious to stand right in his opinion, and to gain his favour. 2. He excuses his fault, even when confessing it; that is never the way of a true penitent. 3. All his care was to save his credit, and preserve his interest in the people. Men are fickle and alter their minds, feeble and cannot effect their purposes; something happens they could not foresee, by which their measures are broken; but with God it is not so. The Strength of Israel will not lie.
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