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

  • Bruce
    Will: any little seed of sin in our life can explode into a raging inferno! That's why we have to get rid of all our sins. The child could ask, where did I come from? who are my parents? why did you kill them? Or hear from other tribes around, the evils of their families history. The seed is planted,the cycle starts again!
  • A disciple
    Will; it was never God's plan for men to utterly corrupt themselves, and fill the earth with violence and perversion. Men chose to listen to the devil, and turn against everything good and clean and sacred, that God made "very good!" Once the corruption has taken hold of a person., or a whole people; the more they cast off all restraint from doing every wicked thing they imagine; ALL are ruined!
  • Hector D.
    The Amalekites had troubled Israel from the time they left Egypt(Ex17:8;Deut25:17)The last mention ofthe Amalekites is found in the book of Esther 9:5-10. The Amalekites had no fear of God, their hatred of the Jews and their repeated attempts to destroy God's people led them to their own destruction. Their fate should be a warning to all who would attempt to curse what God has blessed (Gen 12:3)
  • Irene123
    To Will - That was a different dispensation. The nations around were heathens (gentiles). Worshipped their idol gods, sacrificed THEIR children to their gods (Molech, Astoroth, Chemosh, etc). Satan was in this idol worship. God had another dispensation for the gentiles, this one, the age of grace. Read the story of the so-called great Solomon in 2nd Sam., how he ended.
  • Katherine Phelps-Griffin
    Consider the scripture that makes it clear that God is the potter and we humans are simply the clay. We are without right or power to demand an explanation from God; all men have failed and come short of the Glory of God; Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated.
  • Will
    What does it mean at 1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass?

    Question: Why did God kill young children?

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