1 Samuel 15:14
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?”

Berean Study Bible
But Samuel replied, “Then what is this bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle that 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?

New King James Version
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

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

NASB 1995
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"

NASB 1977
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

Amplified Bible
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

Christian Standard Bible
Samuel replied, “Then what is this sound of sheep, goats, and cattle I hear? ”

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Shemueil said to Shaul: “What is this sound of sheep in my ear and the sound of oxen I hear?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Samuel said, What then is the bleating of this flock in my ears, and the sound of the oxen which I hear?

Contemporary English Version
"Then why," Samuel asked, "do I hear sheep and cattle?"

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?

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?

Good News Translation
Samuel asked, "Why, then, do I hear cattle mooing and sheep bleating?"

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?"

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samuel said: 'What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?'

Literal Standard Version
And Samuel says, “And what [is] the noise of this flock in my ears—and the noise of the herd which I am hearing?”

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?"

New Heart 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?"

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?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Samuel Denounces Saul
13When Samuel reached him, Saul said to him, “May the LORD bless you. I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.” 14But Samuel replied, “Then what is this bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle that I hear?” 15Saul answered, “The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we devoted to destruction.”…

Cross References
Exodus 32:21
"What did this people do to you," Moses asked Aaron, "that you have led them into so great a sin?"

1 Samuel 15:15
Saul answered, "The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we devoted to destruction."


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?

What meaneth

Psalm 36:2
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Psalm 50:16-21
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? …

Jeremiah 2:18,19,22,23,34-37
And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? …









(14) What meaneth then this bleating? . . .--"Saul is convicted of falsehood by the voices of the animals which he has spared, contrary to God's command. Samuel's mode of citing them against him by the question, 'What meaneth these voices?' has an air of holy humour and cutting irony."--Lange.

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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But Samuel
שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Then what
וּמֶ֛ה (ū·meh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

[is] this
הַזֶּ֖ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

bleating
קֽוֹל־ (qō·wl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of sheep
הַצֹּ֥אן (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and lowing
וְק֣וֹל (wə·qō·wl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of cattle
הַבָּקָ֔ר (hab·bā·qār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd

I
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

hear?”
שֹׁמֵֽעַ׃ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently


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