1 Samuel 15:5
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New International Version
Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.

New Living Translation
Then Saul and his army went to a town of the Amalekites and lay in wait in the valley.

English Standard Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley.

New American Standard Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

King James Bible
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the wadi.

International Standard Version
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

NET Bible
Saul proceeded to the city of Amalek, where he set an ambush in the wadi.

New Heart English Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.

New American Standard 1977
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and set an ambush in the valley.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul came to a city of Amalek and laid wait in the valley.

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

American King James Version
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

American Standard Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Saul was come to the city of Amalec, he laid ambushes in the torrent.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul came to the city of the Amalekites, and set an ambush in the valley.

English Revised Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

World English Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul cometh in unto a city of Amalek, and layeth wait in a valley;
Study Bible
Saul's Disobedience
4Then Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah. 5Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley. 6Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they came up from Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:4
Then Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah.

1 Samuel 15:6
Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they came up from Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
Treasury of Scripture

And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

laid wait. or, fought

(5) A city of Amalek.--Better rendered, The city of Amalek: no doubt, their principal place of arms.

And laid wait in the valley.--Better, in a torrent bed, then dry (Arabic, "Wady"). There is a strange tradition in the Talmud that Saul's mind misgave him when he came to this "torrent bed;" thus he called to mind the command of Deuteronomy 21:4 to slay an heifer at a torrent in expiation of a murder, and determined not to carry out the stern charge of Samuel, but to spare rather than to slay.

Verse 5. - A city of Amalek. More probably Ir-Amalek, the name of their one town. Laid wait. Many commentators follow the Syriac in rendering this verb contended, strove; others, like the A.V., with the Septuagint and Vulgate, regard it as a contracted form of a verb signifying to lay an ambuscade. It is not, however, a valley, but a "torrent bed," which was more fit for an ambush than for a strife or dispute. Rashi explains the verb as signifying "contended with himself," and quotes from the Talmud an opinion that when Saul reached the torrent he called to mind the command in Deuteronomy 21:4, to slay a heifer at a torrent in expiation of a murder, and had misgivings whether a slaughter so indiscriminate as that on which he was engaged could be justified. The law of the Herem was soon softened down, but we find David in several of his wars guilty of fearful cruelty. The translation of the A.V. is the more probable. And Saul came to a city of Amalek,.... With his army, perhaps the nearest city of it to the land of Israel; though some think that Amalek was the name of the city, and was the metropolis of the nation, and had its name from thence: and laid wait in the valley; which was near the city, to intercept the inhabitants when they should come out against him: or "he contended" (w) as some render it, he fought with them there; the Targum,"he ordered his army,''set them in battle array, or pitched his camp there.

(w) "et certavit Pagninus"; "ut contenderet cum eo", Junius & Tremellius. 5. Saul came to a city of Amalek—probably their capital.

laid wait in the valley—following the strategic policy of Joshua at Ai (Jos 8:4).15:1-9 The sentence of condemnation against the Amalekites had gone forth long before, Ex 17:14; De 25:19, but they had been spared till they filled up the measure of their sins. We are sure that the righteous Lord does no injustice to any. The remembering the kindness of the ancestors of the Kenites, in favour to them, at the time God was punishing the injuries done by the ancestors of the Amalekites, tended to clear the righteousness of God in this dispensation. It is dangerous to be found in the company of God's enemies, and it is our duty and interest to come out from among them, lest we share in their sins and plagues, Re 18:4. As the commandment had been express, and a test of Saul's obedience, his conduct evidently was the effect of a proud, rebellious spirit. He destroyed only the refuse, that was good for little. That which was now destroyed was sacrificed to the justice of God.
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