1 Samuel 15:22

“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Samuel saide, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey, is better then sacrifice: and to hearken, then the fat of rammes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, {And} to heed than the fat of rams.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Samuel said, Hath Jehovah as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Samuel said, Has the Lord as much delight in offerings and burned offerings as in the doing of his orders? Truly, to do his pleasure is better than to make offerings, and to give ear to him than the fat of sheep.
- Basic English Bible

And Samuel said, Has Jehovah delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, As in hearkening to the voice of Jehovah? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, Attention than the fat of rams.
- Darby Bible

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
- Webster's Bible

Samuel said, "Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
- World English Bible

And Samuel saith, `Hath Jehovah had delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices as [in] hearkening to the voice of Jehovah? lo, hearkening than sacrifice is better; to give attention than fat of rams;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Samuel said: 'Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in hearkening to the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 15:22


15:22 Sacrifice - Because obedience to God is a moral duty, constantly and indispensably necessary; but sacrifice is but a ceremonial institution, sometimes unnecessary, as it was in the wilderness: and sometimes sinful, when it is offered by a polluted hand, or in an irregular manner. Therefore thy gross disobedience to God's express command, is not to be compensated with sacrifice. Hearken - That is, to obey. Fat - Then the choicest part of all the sacrifice.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 15

  • Mike
    There is a clear and important messag here in 1 Samuel 15. God sent Saul to kill every living thing! Saul intended to do everything God had sent him to do.. but Saul allowed his own thoughts and self guidance to enter in. He out of the goodness of his heart, Thinking it would be pleasing to God decided to keep the best of sacrafices, and to spare the life of the King, long enough to take the King, and these animals to sacrafice unto God, again thinking this was going the extra mile, and thus adding his own ways ... what's the message? God does not want what he doesn't ask for!! When we start adding to the word of God because we think it will enhance God's word, we are treading on dangerous ground. If it's not in the Bible new testament law we live under then don't do it! Even if you think it's a good thing in your opinion! There is nothing in New Testament about Sunday Schools, or Live entertainment with big bands, or a host of other things going on in churches today... be careful ..even the best intentions, can bring on the wrath of God.. Just something for Bible believers to think about, brought and offered in the spirit of Love and Compassion toward the Believer.
  • Apostle Jessical for verse 22
    1Sam. 15 22, Have a revaluation meaning for today.. Yes Jesus Christ was given to us by the Father as our last and final sacrifice, The Only Perfect One Who Can Take Away Out Sin.. But I Believe In All The Father Has Given Us Through Jesus Christ, salvation is free.. It has been given by way of confession, But after you have confess it 's better to live and obedient life here on earth, Yes We Know Jesus Christ has gone to prepare a place for us.. But He has also given us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us unto righteousness for His Glory..Still today obedience is better when it come to receiving the fullness of what Jesus Christ done on the cross with His blood and His resurrection, Jesus Christ was given all power and He also released that same power unto us so that we can obey The Word Of God.. Jesus Christ is no longer on the cross, But obedience is still required of us.. Jesus Christ lived in obedient to The Father.. If we Love God He says we will not continue to live a sinful life.. Obey GOD and live a better life..!!
  • Bible Fan
    the illustration of Agag 's decapitation from a compassionate Samuel is pretty haunting given today 's barbarism - if it 's not ISIS, it was Rwanda, Cambodia, Nazi Germany and the Soviet extermination of 10 million Ukranians in the 30s
  • Tina wisler for verse 23
    Those are unworthy to rule over men, who are not willing that God should rule over them.
  • Ira
    Samuel was an man of compassion, for even though he disagreed with Saul ' actions he still felt sorry for him.
  • Tshepiso Magano
    I think it teaches us Christians to obey God 's commandments and to listen to the Holy Spirit because Holy Spirit guide and rebuke us.When God give us a mandate,he does that because he trust us.When we obey God 's commandment,we activate supernatural blessings

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