The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 15:24–31

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24  And Saul said unto Samuel: 'I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of YHWH, and thy words; because I feared the people, and hearkened to their voice.

24  And Saul said to Samuel: “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the word of the Lord, and your words, by fearing the people and obeying their voice.

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25  Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship YHWH.'

25  And now remove, I pray thee, my sin, and turn back with me, and I will worship the Lord thy God.

25  But now, I beg you, to bear my sin, and to return with me, so that I may adore the Lord.”

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26  And Samuel said unto Saul: 'I will not return with thee; for thou hast rejected the word of YHWH, and the YHWH hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.'

26  And Samuel said to Saul: “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

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27  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his robe, and it rent.

27  And Samuel turned his face to depart, and Saul caught hold of the skirt of his garment, and tore it.

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28  And Samuel said unto him: 'YHWH hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

28  And Samuel said to him: “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel away from you this day. And he has delivered it to your neighbor, who is better than you are.

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

29  Moreover, the One who triumphs within Israel will not spare, and he will not be moved to repentance. For he is not a man, that he should repent.”

29  And also his Excellency the LORD of Israel will not lie nor seek counsel; for he is not a human being, that he should seek counsel.

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30  Then he said: 'I have sinned; yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship YHWH thy God.'

30  And Saul said, I have sinned; yet honour me, I pray thee, before the elders of Israel, and before my people; and turn back with me, and I will worship the Lord thy God.

30  Then Saul said, I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return again with me, that I may worship the LORD your God.

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31  So Samuel returned after Saul; and Saul worshipped YHWH.

31  Therefore, Samuel turned again after Saul. And Saul adored the Lord.