1 Samuel 15:8
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New International Version
He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

New Living Translation
He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else.

English Standard Version
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword.

New American Standard Bible
He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

King James Bible
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He captured Agag king of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.

International Standard Version
He captured alive Agag king of Amalek, but he completely destroyed all the people, executing them with swords.

NET Bible
He captured King Agag of the Amalekites alive, but he executed all Agag's people with the sword.

New Heart English Bible
He took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He captured King Agag of Amalek alive. But he claimed all the people for God by destroying them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

New American Standard 1977
And he captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took Agag, the king of the Amalekites, alive and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

King James 2000 Bible
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

American King James Version
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

American Standard Version
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he took Agag the king of Amalec alive: but all the common people he slew with the edge of the sword.

Darby Bible Translation
And he took Agag the king of Amalek alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

English Revised Version
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

World English Bible
He took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Young's Literal Translation
and he catcheth Agag king of Amalek alive, and all the people he hath devoted by the mouth of the sword;
Study Bible
Saul's Disobedience
7So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.…
Cross References
Numbers 24:7
"Water will flow from his buckets, And his seed will be by many waters, And his king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted.

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.

1 Samuel 27:8
Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 27:9
David attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish.

1 Samuel 30:1
Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;

2 Samuel 8:12
from Aram and Moab and the sons of Ammon and the Philistines and Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

1 Chronicles 4:43
They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.

Esther 3:1
After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him.
Treasury of Scripture

And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

Agag

1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, …

Numbers 24:7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be …

1 Kings 20:30,34-42 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell …

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha …

utterly

1 Samuel 27:8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the …

1 Samuel 30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on …

Joshua 10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; …

Joshua 11:12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did …

Verse 8. - He took Agag. This was the official name of the Amalekite kings (see Numbers 24:7), as Pharaoh was that of the kings of Egypt. For its meaning we must wait till we know more about the language of this race. Agag, however, from ver. 32, seems to have been able to speak Hebrew. He utterly destroyed - i.e. put under the ban - all the people. They appear, however, again in 1 Samuel 27:8, and with so vast a wilderness in which to take refuge, it would be impossible really to exterminate a people used to lead a wandering life. Moreover, as soon as Israel began to lay hands on the spoil the pursuit would flag, as the cattle would be killed by over driving. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive,.... This name seems to be a common name of the kings of these people, as Pharaoh was of the Egyptians, see Numbers 24:2. When this king fell into the hands of Saul, he did not put him to death, as he should have done, but preserved him; for what reasons, see in the following verse:

and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword; that is, all that came in his way, or fell into his hands; all between Havilah and Shur; all excepting those that made their escape, for we after read of Amalekites, and that in large bodies, 1 Samuel 27:8. 8, 9. he took Agag … alive—This was the common title of the Amalekite kings. He had no scruple about the apparent cruelty of it, for he made fierce and indiscriminate havoc of the people. But he spared Agag, probably to enjoy the glory of displaying so distinguished a captive, and, in like manner, the most valuable portions of the booty, as the cattle. By this wilful and partial obedience to a positive command [1Sa 15:3], complying with it in some parts and violating it in others, as suited his own taste and humor, Saul showed his selfish, arbitrary temper, and his love of despotic power, and his utter unfitness to perform the duties of a delegated king in Israel.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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