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

  • Preacher Charlie
    Yes April JESUS,s blood is sufficient for all sins 1John 1:7 The blood of JESUS CHRIST cleanseth us from all sin.HE had not yet shed HIS blood in Manasseh's day. Hebrews 9:12-14.But if we reject HIS blood then judgement comes.Hebrews 10:28-29.
  • A disciple
    April; there's a Scripture about that in 2 Kings 24:4; which says that for the place being filled with innocent blood, the Lord does not forgive! Speaking of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, "And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon." This Country is full of innocent blood, and the Rulers refuse to judge righteously!
  • April
    To think of how much blood shed has been spilled upon these lands :(,it makes me wonder if the only way for it to be cleansed is through the lamb,who already shed his blood for us to have salvation,but it makes me wonder how this world could be cleansed else wise,so many generations have fought and killed for greed,resources and arrogance and rascisim..sigh, any thoughts on this matter?...........
  • A disciple
    Anne; This is a powerful truth that you bring up; The rulers that God has put over the people are supposed to be judging righteously and executing His punishments on evildoers. The Law of God says clearly, that the land is guilty because of innocent blood, and that the guilt is not removed except by the blood of him that shed it. Saul was like many today who let the wicked go free, and love money.
  • Anne
    Saul was disobedient to the Lord and therefore the Lord rejected him as King. In his own eyes, Saul thought he was doing a good thing but he did not do the RIGHT thing which God commanded. We must fully trust and obey God and lean not to our own understanding.
  • April
    So sad :( for Father and Samuel,father wants to see his people follow in his ways and be taken care of and Samuel I'm sure will pass at some point and like Moses and Joshua will he have to carry that burden on his heart,that who he thought would be King of Israel would be he who brings them down,I feel for father so many times people have done this so sad,and Samuel was sadden by the rejection....

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