1 Samuel 15:23

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubburnnesse is as iniquitie and idolatrie: because thou hast reiected the word of the Lord, he hath also reiected thee from being king.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from {being} king."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because thou hast rejected the word of Jehovah, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For to go against his orders is like the sin of those who make use of secret arts, and pride is like giving worship to images. Because you have put away from you the word of the Lord, he has put you from your place as king.
- Basic English Bible

For rebellion is [as] the sin of divination, And selfwill is [as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of Jehovah, He hath also rejected thee from being king.
- Darby Bible

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
- Webster's Bible

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has also rejected you from being king."
- World English Bible

for a sin of divination [is] rebellion, and iniquity and teraphim [is] stubbornness; because thou hast rejected the word of Jehovah, He also doth reject thee from [being] king.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 15:23


15:23 Rebellion - Disobedience to God's command. Stubbornness - Contumacy in sin, justifying it, and pleading for it. Iniquity - Or, the iniquity of idolatry. Rejected - Hath pronounced the sentence of rejection: for that he was not actually deposed by God before, plainly appears, because not only the people, but even David, after this, owned him as king. Those are unworthy to rule over men, who are not willing that God should rule over them.


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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