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1Samuel 1:1,2 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim and his name was Elkanah.(the father of Samuel:.verse 20, below), the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.(the old name of the town of Bethlehem). And he had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah. And Peninnah had children but Hannah had no children. 

1Samuel 1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.

1Samuel 1:4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters, portions.

1Samuel 1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had shut up her womb.

1Samuel 1:6-10 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. And when she went up to the house of the Lord year by year, so she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is your heart grieved? Am not I better to you than ten sons? So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore.

1Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow and said, O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid and remember me and not forget thine handmaid, but will give unto me, your handmaid, a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life and there shall no razor come upon his head.
This was called a Nazarite vow.
1Samuel 1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.(noticed that her mouth was moving).

1Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.

1Samuel 1:14 And Eli said unto her, How long will you be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

1Samuel 1:15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

1Samuel 1:16 Count not your handmaid for a daughter of Belial. For out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

1Samuel 1:17-19 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou have asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way and did eat and her countenance was no more sad. And they rose up in the morning early and worshipped before the Lord and returned and came to their house to Ramah and Elkanah knew.(had sex with).Hannah his wife and the Lord remembered her.

1Samuel 1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked for him of the Lord.

1Samuel 1:21-26 And the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice and his vow. But Hannah went not up, for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord and there abide for ever. And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seems thee good. Tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish his word. So the woman abode and gave her son suck until she weaned him. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks and one ephah of flour and a bottle of wine and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh and the child was young. And they slew a bullock and brought the child to Eli. And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying unto the Lord.

1Samuel 1:27 For this child I prayed and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of him.

1Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord. And he.(the little boy Samuel).worshipped the Lord there.

1Samuel 2:1-5 And Hannah prayed and said, My heart rejoices in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy as the Lord, for there is none beside you. Neither is there any rock like our God.(God is stable:.1Peter 5:12). Talk no more so exceeding proudly, let not arrogance come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken and they that stumbled are girded with strength. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread and they that were hungry ceased, so that the barren has born seven and she that has many children is waxed feeble.

1Samuel 2:6.The Lord kills and makes alive. He brings down to the grave and brings up

1Samuel 2:7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich. He brings low and lifts up.
Helps to comprehend this verse when one knows what really is 'the Lord'. To make sense of this verse, it may help to read it more intelligently from the original as 'The Lord possesses and disposses wealth from one in order to prosper another. It's the Lord who brings low and lifts up.'.For is there anything God is not responsible for?.Daniel 4:35. But the true kind God never overrides you.
1Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes and to make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the Earth.(pillars implies some sort of invisible grid; see hologram).are the Lord's and he has set the world upon them.

1Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints and the wicked shall be silent in darkness.(those whose hearts are to do wickedness, stay in the darkness of their egos), for by strength shall no man prevail.

1Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces. Out of heaven shall he thunder upon them. The Lord shall judge the ends of the Earth and he shall give strength unto his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.

1Samuel 2:11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the priest.

1Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

1Samuel 2:13-17 And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; And he struck it into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest, for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently and then take as much as thy soul desires. Then he would answer him, Nay, but you shall give it me now and if not, I will take it by force. Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.

1Samuel 2:18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

1Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was very old and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

1Samuel 2:23,24 And he said unto them, Why do you such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons, for it is no good report that I hear. You make the Lord's people to transgress.

1Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him, but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father when he said that the Lord would slay them.
Eli's sons didn't believe that the Creator would care to get involved.
1Samuel 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on and was in favour both with the Lord and also with men.

1Samuel 2:28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?

1Samuel 2:29 Wherefore kick you at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? 

1Samuel 2:30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel says, I said indeed that your house and the house of your father, should walk before me forever, but now the Lord says, Be it far from me, for them that honour me I will honour and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed..(?)

1Samuel 2:31,32 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm and the arm of thy father's house.(things one used to rely upon are now cut off), that there shall not be an old man in thine house. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel and there shall not be an old man in thine house forever.(because they'll die early in life).
The important thing in life is the good character one develops; why?
1Samuel 2:33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes and to grieve thine heart and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.
Barnes Notes: "The meaning is explained by verse 26, below; those who are not cut off in the flower of their youth shall be worse off than those who are, for they shall have to beg their bread."
1Samuel 2:34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.

1Samuel 2:35, And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind and I will build him a sure house and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

1Samuel 2:36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.
It was alway assured that the priests had food, even in times of famine.
1Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
Adam Clarke's Commentary:."There was no public accredited prophet within whom the Lord was known to dwell and to whom all might have recourse in cases of doubt or public emergency."
1Samuel 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see.

1Samuel 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord.(it was kept burning all through the night till the morning light), where the ark of God was and Samuel was laid down to sleep.

1Samuel 3:4 That the Lord called Samuel and he answered, Here am I.

1Samuel 3:5,6 And he ran unto Eli and said, Here am I, for you called me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I, for you did call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

1Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.
Being so young he wasn't sure what was going on.
1Samuel 3:8,9 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, Here am I, for you did call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down and it shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, Speak, Lord, for your servant hears. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

1Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant hears. 

1Samuel 3:11,12 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel at which both the ears of every one that hears it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house. When I begin, I will also make an end.
1Samuel 4:1-22.
1Samuel 3:13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile and he restrained them not.

1Samuel 3:14-18 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the Lord has said unto you? I pray thee hide it not from me. God do so to thee and more also, if you hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto you. And Samuel told him every whit and hid nothing from him. And he.(Eli).said, It is the Lord. Let him do what seems him good.

1Samuel 3:19,20 And Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and did let none of his words fall to the ground.(1Samuel 3:7; Samuel  paid close attention to all the words that came to his mind {*} and had a heart to apply them, so much so that all Israel then knew of the abilities God gave him, in that what he said was backed up by God). And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

1Samuel 3:21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
Creator-God reveals Himself usually by words one may hear, as happened to Samuel (1Samuel 3:3-10) or words that well up inside an individual.
1Samuel 4:1,2 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle and pitched beside Ebenezer and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.

1Samuel 4:3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore has the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it comes among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

1Samuel 4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwells between the cherubims and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

1Samuel 4:5-10 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the Earth rang again. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What means the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there has not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Quit yourselves like men and fight. And the Philistines fought and Israel was smitten and they fled every man into his tent and there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

1Samuel 4:11 And the ark of God was taken and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas were slain.

1Samuel 4:12-14 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent and with Earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What means the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily and told Eli.

1Samuel 4:15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

1Samuel 4:16,17 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son? And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines and there has been also a great slaughter among the people and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead and the ark of God is taken.

1Samuel 4:18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate and his neck brake and he died, for he was an old man.(98, verse 15 just above ).and heavy. And he.(Eli).had judged Israel forty years.

1Samuel 4:19-22 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not, for you have born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child Ichabod.(Easton's Dictionary:."In her great distress she regarded not "the women that stood by her", but named the child that was born Ichabod, meaning 'no glory', saying "The glory is departed from Isreal" and with that word on her lips she expired."), saying, the glory is departed from Israel because the ark of God was taken and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel, for the ark of God is taken.

1Samuel 5:1-8 And the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the Earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold. Only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod and he destroyed them and smote them with emerods.(painful hemorroids), even Ashdod and the coasts thereof. And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us, for his hand is sore upon us and upon Dagon our God.

1Samuel 5:11,12 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not and our people, for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city. The hand of God was very heavy there. And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods.(painful hemorroids).and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

1Samuel 6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the Lord? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.

1Samuel 6:15 And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were and put them on the great stone. And the men of Bethshemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the Lord.

1Samuel 6:18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities and of country villages, even unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the Lord, which stone remains unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.

1Samuel 6:19-21 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? and to whom shall he go up from us? And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the Lord; come you down and fetch it up to you.
The Philistines had taken the ark of the covenant from Israel:.1Samuel 5:1-8. After the plague of hemorroids and mice, they gave it back. The Greek historian Herodotus talks about it:.comprised with.Easton's Bible Dictionary: Herodotus accounts for the destruction of the army of Sennacherib (2Kings 19:35) by saying that in the night thousands of mice invaded the camp and gnawed through the bow-strings, quivers and shields and thus left the Assyrians helpless.
1Samuel 7:1,2 And the men of Kirjathjearim came and fetched up the ark of the Lord and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long, for it was twenty years and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

1Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If you do want to return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange Gods.(Judges 10:6-16).and Ashtaroth from among you and prepare your hearts unto the Lord and serve him only, God will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
Today, what Gods (small 'g', also written as God, all capitals; proper is God) do we have and how is it that we can prepare our hearts?
1Samuel 7:4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth and served the Lord only.

1Samuel 7:5,6 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh and I will pray for you unto the Lord. And they gathered together to Mizpeh and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

1Samuel 7:7-10 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. And Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel and the Lord heard him. And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel, but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines and discomfited them and they were smitten before Israel.

1Samuel 7:11,12 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh and pursued the Philistines and smote them, until they came under Bethcar. Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpeh and Shen and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto has the Lord helped us.

1Samuel 7:13 So the Philistines were subdued and they came no more into the coast of Israel and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

1Samuel 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
Genesis 15:16.
1Samuel 7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

1Samuel 7:16,17 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel and Gilgal and Mizpeh and judged Israel in all those places. And his return was to Ramah, for there was his house and there he also judged Israel and there he built an altar unto the Lord.

1Samuel 8:1-3 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second, Abiah. They were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre.(greedy for money).and took bribes and perverted judgment.

1Samuel 8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

1Samuel 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, you are old and your sons walk not in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
The ego craves to fit in with the commonplace; 'we want to be just like them'.
1Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel.(who was Samuel?).when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

1Samuel 8:7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you, for they have not rejected you but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.
1Samuel 8:7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you.(the Creator is always.very.accommodating to the wishes of people, even though it may prove inimicalto their best interests; example of Moses), for they have not rejected you but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them.
1Samuel 8:8,9 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day wherewith they have forsaken me and served other Gods, so do they also unto you. Now therefore hearken unto their voice. Howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

1Samuel 8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.

1Samuel 8:11-18 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you. He will take your sons and appoint them for himself, for his chariots and to be his horsemen and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands and captains over fifties and will set them to ear his ground and to reap his harvest and to make his instruments of war and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries and to be cooks and to be bakers. And he will take your fields and your vineyards and your olive yards even the best of them and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. And he will take your menservants and your maidservants and your goodliest young men and your asses and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep and you shall be his servants. And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you have chosen and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
1Samuel 8:11-18 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you. He will take your sons and appoint them for himself.(type 'birth certificate' into a search engine and see who owns you; see manta.com to see who owns the United States, Canada being a subcorporation of it), for his chariots and to be his horsemen and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands and captains over fifties and will set them to ear.(till the ground).his ground and to reap his harvest and to make his instruments of war and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries and to be cooks and to be bakers.(often having to live what you would not, just in order to earn enough to live another day; modern slaves). And he will take your fields and your vineyards and your olive yards even the best of them and give them to his servants.(extract from the poor and middle income people by using various forms of taxation, licenses, registrations, fees for use for utilities belonging to the people and myriadof other varous levies). And he will take the tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants. And he will take your menservants and your maidservants and your goodliest young men and your asses and put them to his work.(slavery). He will take.(original 'tithe' {a percentage}; today it's, lay down a decree, say the percentages taken in taxes for one).the tenth of your sheep and you shall be his servants. And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you have chosen and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
1Samuel 8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel and they said Nay, but we will have a king over us.
Nah, we don't believe you. We want a king. We want to be like all the other nations, go away Samuel:.Jeremiah 44:16,17.

So, peoples today are living with the legacy of what their Godless forefathers had chosen. Today, people choose whatever seems the easiest at the time, because they have no intuition, no vision and lack seeing future considerations:.Proverbs 29:18. How can one today become prosperous?

1Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.(we want our king to protect us, not God).
1Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations.(like a teenager who takes great pains to fit in with peers, they wanted to be like other nations they knew of; they wanted to be one worlders and copycats, they listened not to God, who wanted only the best for them; 'we want to be just like them', cause we're a 'bunch of babies' lacking imagination of how to bring about a better world for all).and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles..(we want security so we can live as we please; don't blame the government, it's you; do your part to change it all through meditation not confrontation; grow up from childhood fears.
1Samuel 8:21,22 And Samuel heard all the words of the people and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go you every man unto his city.

1Samuel 9:6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God and he is an honourable man. All that he says comes surely to pass. Now let us go thither, peradventure he can show us our way that we should go.

1Samuel 9:7,8 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels and there is not a present to bring to the man of God. What have we? And the servant answered Saul again and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver; that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

1Samuel 9:9 Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come and let us go to the seer. For he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.(Isaiah 29:10).

1Samuel 9:15
Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear.(*).a day before Saul came,

1Samuel 9:16 Saying, Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin and on him you are to put the holy oil, making him ruler over my people Israel and he will make my people safe from the hands of the Philistines, for I have seen the sorrow of my people, whose cry has come up to me.

1Samuel 9:17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, This is the man of whom I gave you word! He it is who is to have authority over my people.

1Samuel 9:18-20 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.(1Samuel 9:9). And Samuel answered Saul and said, I am the seer. Go up before me unto the high place, for you shall eat with me today and tomorrow I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart. And as for your asses that were lost three days ago, set not your mind on them, for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you and on all your father's house?

1Samuel 9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speak you so to me?
Saul was still humble at this time.
1Samuel 9:22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the parlour and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty individuals.

1Samuel 9:23,24 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you of which I said unto you, Set it by you. And the cook took up the shoulder and that which was upon it and set it before Saul.

1Samuel 9:25,26 And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! Set it before you and eat, for unto this time has it been kept for you since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house. And they arose early and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send you away. And Saul arose and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

1Samuel 9:27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us and he passed on, but stand you still a while that I may show you the word of God.

1Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel.(Samuel was God's prophet at the time).took a vial of oil and poured it upon his head and kissed him and said, This is because the Lord has anointed you to be in charge over his inheritance?

1Samuel 10:2-5 When you are departed from me to day, then you shall find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah and they will say unto you, the asses which you went to seek are found and lo, your father has left the care of the asses and sorrows for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? Then shall you go on forward from thence and you shall come to the plain of Tabor and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids and another carrying three loaves of bread and another carrying a bottle of wine. And they will salute you and give you two loaves of bread which you shall receive of their hands. After that you shall come to the hill of God where is the garrison of the Philistines and it shall come to pass when you are come thither to the city, that you shall meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery and a tabret and a pipe.(flute).and a harp, before them and they shall prophesy.

1Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you.(this was Saul being talked about here and it means the things of God would well up in his mind, because he now would have more of God's spirit).and you shall prophesy with them and shall be turned into another man.(that is, he would be greatly raised in consciousness, meaning much more love)..(?)

1Samuel 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto you, that you do as occasion serves you.(Matthew 10:19,20), for God is with you.

1Samuel 10:8 And you shall go down before me to Gilgal and behold, I will come down to you and offer burnt offerings and to give sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days shall you tarry, till I come to you and show you what you shall do.
1Samuel 10:8 And tou shall go down before me.(this was Samuel speaking to Saul, the man chosen by God to be the first king of ancient Israel {verse 1 in this chapter 10, above}).to Gilgal and behold, I will come down to you and offer burnt offerings and to give sacrifices of peace offerings.(they often did this to get closer to God before going into a battle they felt may go against them). Seven days shall tyu.tarry, till I come to you and show you what you shall do.

Saul decided that he shouldn't wait any longer than the seven days for Samuel to return to him and do this, because of the impending threat of the massive army the Philistines had. Really he just didn't trust God and God's prophet Samuel and he didn't take what was said with any great import. Samuel was late coming. Saul was fearful of the massive army of the Philistines. The Creator could have worked it out that Samuel would have been early. Instead, Samuel was late in returning to Saul to do what Samuel had earlier told Saul that he would do.

1Samuel 10:9 And it was so, that when he.(Saul, first king of Israel and chosen by the true and only God of creation).had turned his back to go from Samuel.(meaning, their meeting was over), God gave him another heart.(?).and all those signs came to pass that day.
But Saul didn't progress in the higher consciousness good heart God gave him, instead choosing to take things into his own hands by deciding not to wait for the prophet Samuel's return in 7 days and this due to his fear of the massive Philistine army (how massive?.1Samuel 13:5) who were against him and ready for attacking:.1Samuel 13:6,7. So, in fear of attack Saul doesn't wait for Samuel the prophet's return, instead taking things into his own hands:.1Samuel 13:8-14. This whole thing proved to be a trial of Saul's heart. Saul just didn't believe that the all powerful, always present Creator has a million ways to work things out even at the very last moment for those trusting Him (remember the Israelities at the Red Sea), but of course, in order to trust God, we have to be sure He is real. For us today, to be sure the Creator is real, we must have disproved the crap filled theory of evolution if we have hung onto it as the explanation for the beginning of all living organisms:.1Kings 18:21

The story continues:.1Samuel 13:5-14.

1Samuel 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him and the Spirit of God came upon him and he prophesied among them.

1Samuel 10:11,12 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
1Samuel 10:11,12 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father.(Barnes Notes:."What kind of leader can they have to admit such a person as Saul into the company?" Some versions read "Who is his father?" in the sense: "Who would have expected Kish to have a son among the prophets?"; similar to Matthew 13:54,55)? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
1Samuel 10:19 And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations and you have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.
1Samuel 10:19 And you have this day rejected your God.(why did they reject God?.Jeremiah 44:16,17), who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations and you have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us.(so God gave them a king after telling them it would be downhill for them after that, but they didn't listen and it was not good for them as the history of their kings have shown). Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.
1Samuel 10:20,21 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.(selected by lot). When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken and Saul the son of Kish was taken. And when they sought him, he could not be found.
He whom they had selected to be king, avoided being there to be chosen.
1Samuel 10:22,23 Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither.(should we bother to go and find him?). And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. And they ran and fetched him thence and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

1Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See him whom the Lord has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted and said, God save the king.

1Samuel 10:25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom.(how it would be living under a king:.1Samuel 8:11-19).and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away every man to his house.

1Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 

1Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
Children of Belial are those not seeing how God works in world affairs and are against all but what they want.
1Samuel 11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabeshgilead and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.
1Samuel 11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite.(Nahash was an Ammonite king:.1Ssmuel 12:12).came up and encamped against.Jabeshgilead.(an ancient city in the area Israel was in, the area of.Gilead.on the east of the Jordan river, extending from the river Yarmouk, a little south of the Sea of Galilee {maps}, to the north corner of the Dead Sea).and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant.(a covenant is an agreement).with us and we will serve you.

Easton's Bible Dictionary: Nahash was king of the Ammonites in the time of Saul. The inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead having been exposed to great danger from Nahash, sent messengers to Gibeah to inform Saul of their extremity. He promptly responded to the call and gathering together an army he marched against Nahash. Read the result in verse 11 below..

1Samuel 11:2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel
He hated the nation of Israel. JFB Commentary: literally, 'scoop' or 'hollow out' the ball. This barbarous mutilation is the usual punishment of usurpers in the East, inflicted on chiefs, sometimes also, even in modern history, on the whole male population of a town. Nahash meant to keep the Jabeshites useful as tributaries, whence he did not wish to render them wholly blind, but only to deprive them of their right eye, which would disqualify them for war. Besides, his object was, through the people of Jabesh-gilead, to insult the Israelitish nation.
1Samuel 11:3-6 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to you. Then came the messengers to Gibeah to talk to the people where king Saul was and told the bad tidings in the ears of the people and all the people lifted up their voices and wept. And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field and Saul said, What ails the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.(1Samuel 11:1, just up a bit). And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings and his anger was kindled greatly.

1Samuel 11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen and hewed the oxen in pieces and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever comes not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen.(they needed help from the people who were decendants of their brothers). And the fear of the Lord fell on the people and they came out with one consent.

1Samuel 11:8-10 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand and the men of Judah thirty thousand. And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall you say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, Tomorrow by that time the sun be hot, you shall have help. And the messengers that came from Saul told this to the men of Jabesh and they were glad. Therefore the men of Jabesh said, Tomorrow we will come out and join with you and just tell us how you want us to help. 

1Samuel 11:11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.

1Samuel 11:12-14 And the people of Jabesh said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.(bring those who were against joining with Saul). And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day, for today the Lord has wrought salvation in Israel. Then said Samuel to the people, Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there. 

1Samuel 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

1Samuel 12:6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the Lord that advanced.(*).Moses and Aaron and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
The story.(Numbers 16:1-35) of how some people tried to oust Moses, figuring he somehow set himself up to be over the people and these others felt they were more qualified for this:.Exodus 4:10-16. The corrupt cabal ones who were influencing a multitude of people at that time had the same attitude as did the multitude much later in the time of Christ:.Luke 23:2.
1Samuel 12:9 And when they forgat the Lord their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab and they fought against them.

1Samuel 12:11 And God sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side and you dwelled safe.

1Samuel 12:12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon.(not to be confused with Amnon, Absalom's brother).came against you, you said unto me, Nay, but a king shall reign over us, when the Lord your God was your king.

1Samuel 12:13 Now therefore behold the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired! and behold, God has set a king over you.

1Samuel 12:14 If you will fear.(what kind of fear is this?).the God,  serve.(one 'serves' the Creator simply by being of the same operating frequency).him and obey his voice and not rebel.(as the stupid ones did:.Jeremiah 6:10).against the commandment of God, then you reign with the true and only God of all.
When in alignment with the way of all good, then you reign with God:.Revelation 5:10.

Translators incorrectly (but more probably, on purpose) had added these words ."shall both you and also the king that reigns over you continue following the LORD your God"

1Samuel 12:15 But if you will not obey the voice of God, but rebel against the commandment.(a commandment is an instruction for one's good when it comes from God, so what's the commandment for today?.Matthew 22:36-40), then shall the hand of God be against you, as it was against your fathers.
And what happened to them?
1Samuel 12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which God will do before your eyes.

1Samuel 12:20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not. Ypu have done all this wickedness, yet turn not aside from following God and dedicate yourselves to God with all your heart;

1Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside, for why would you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver.(nor deliver anything good for you), for they are vain.

1Samuel 12:22 For God will not forsake his people for his great name's sake, because it has pleased God to make you his people.

1Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against God in ceasing to be concerned for you in my thoughts, but I will teach you the good and the right way.

1Samuel 12:24 Only fear God and serve him in truth with all your heart. For consider how great things he has done.
Colossians 3:15.
1Samuel 13:1,2.Saul reigned one year and when he had reigned two years over Israel.(who is Israel today), Saul chose three thousand men of Israel, whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel and a thousand were with Jonathan.(Saul's son and good buddy of David).in Gibeah of Benjamin.(Gibeah was a city in the land designated to Benjamin, one of the sons of Israel; Israel's name previously was Jacob).and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

1Samuel 13:3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.

1Samuel 13:5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen and people so many as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude and they came up and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.

1Samuel 13:6,7 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, for the people were distressed. Then the people did hide themselves in caves and in thickets and in rocks and in high places and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal and all the people followed him trembling.

1Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed.(1Samuel 10:8), but Samuel came not to Gilgal.(he did come but was late, so Saul figured he'd take things into his own hands; not a good decision; he should have waited).and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

1Samuel 13:10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

1Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, What have you done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me and that you came not within the days appointed and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

1Samuel 13:12 Therefore said I.(Saul, the king the people wanted was a disappointment), The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal and I have not made supplication unto the Lord.(they would normally get closer to God before going into a battle they felt may go against them). I forced myself therefore and offered a burnt offering.

1Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you.(1Samuel 10:8), for now would the Lord have established your kingdom upon Israel for ever.

1Samuel 13:14 Because of that your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought him a man after his own heart.(that man was David).and the Lord has commanded him to be captain over his people, because you have not kept that which the Lord commanded you.

1Samuel 13:15-23 And Samuel arose and left Gilgal and went to  Gibeah in the land known as Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred men. And Saul and Jonathan his son and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash. And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies. One company turned unto the way that leads to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual. And another company turned the way to Bethhoron and another company turned to the way of the border that looks to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness. Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears. But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share and his coulter and his axe and his mattock.(the Philistines allowed them to bring these things into the Philistine camp for sharpening). Yet they had a file for the mattocks and for the coulters.(plowshares).and for the forks and for the axes and to sharpen the goads. So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan, but only with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.(Saul and Jonathan had these things). And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash.

1Samuel 14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armor, Come and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.

1Samuel 14:2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;

1Samuel 14:3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.

1Samuel 14:4,5 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side and a sharp rock on the other side and the name of the one was Bozez and the name of the other Seneh. The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash and the other southward over against Gibeah. 

1Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armor, Come and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that God will work for us, for there is no restraint to the true God to save by many or by few.
Jonathan knew they would be saved in what they has planned to do, no matter if they had a lot of men with them or a few.

A good example of this saving by a few or by many is famous Gideon:.Judges 7:2-7.

And, David's example:.1Samuel 17:26.

Others:.1Samuel 17:26.

1Samuel 14:7 And his armorbearer said unto him, Do all that is in your heart. Turn you.(go ahead), behold, I am with you according to your heart.(do what you will, I got your back).

1Samuel 14:8-10 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men and we will discover ourselves unto them.(let them see us). And if they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you, then we will stand still in our place and will not go up unto them. But if they say this, Come up unto us, then we will go up, for God has delivered them into our hand and this shall be a sign unto us.

1Samuel 14:11-13 And both of them allowed themselves to be discovered by the garrison of the Philistines and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves. And the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer and said, Come up to us and we will show you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armorbearer, Come up after me, for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel. And Jonathan climbed up.(over the rock).upon his hands and upon his feet and his armorbearer after him and they.(these Philistines).fell before Jonathan and his armorbearer slew after him.
Jonathan and his armourbearer slaughtered them.
1Samuel 14:14-30 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armorbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. And there was trembling in the host.(trembling amongst the Philistines who weren't amongst those who were killed), in the field and among all the people, the garrison and the spoilers.(warrior soldiers), they also trembled and the Earth quaked, so it was a very great trembling. And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked and behold, the multitude melted away and they went on beating down one another.(the Philistines became confused and began killing each other). Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armorbearer were not there. And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel. And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw your hand.(JFB Commentary:."The priest, invested with the ephod, prayed with raised and extended hands. Saul perceived that the opportunity was inviting and that God appeared to have sufficiently declared in favor of His people".Matthew Henry's Commentary: "Saul was in such haste to fight a fallen enemy, that he would not stay to end his devotions, nor hear what answer God would give him."). And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves and they came to the battle and saw that every Philistine man's sword was against his fellow and there was a very great discomfiture. Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan. Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle. So the Lord saved Israel that day and the battle passed over unto Bethaven. 

1Samuel 14:24-30 And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eats any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food. And all they of the land came to a wood and there was honey upon the ground. And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped, but no man put his hand to his mouth for the people feared the oath. But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath, wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth and his eyes were enlightened. Then answered one of the people and said, Your father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eats any food this day. And the people were faint. Then said Jonathan, My father has troubled the land. See, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this. How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found, there would have been now a much greater slaughter of he Philistines.

1Samuel 14:31,32 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon and the people were very faint. And the people flew upon the spoil and took sheep and oxen and calves and slew them on the ground and the people did eat them with the blood.

1Samuel 14:33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the Lord, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, You have transgressed; roll a great stone unto me this day.
Adam Clarke's Commentary:."Probably this means, that they should set up an altar to the Lord, on which the animals might be properly slain and the blood poured out upon the Earth and a large stone was erected for an altar";.Matthew Poole's Commentary:."that the cattle might be all killed in one place, under the inspection of Saul or some other appointed by him for that work and upon the stone, that the blood may sooner and better flow out."
1Samuel 14:47 So Saul was the king over Israel and fought against all enemies on every side, against Moab and against the children of Ammon and against Edom and against the kings of Zobah and against the Philistines and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

1Samuel 14:48 And he gathered a host and smote the Amalekites and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.

1Samuel 14:49-50 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishui and Melchishua. And the names of his two daughters were these, the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger Michal. And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz and the name of the captain of his host was Abner the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.

1Samuel 15:1.Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint you to be king over his people, over Israel. Now therefore hearken you unto the voice of the words of the Lord.

1Samuel 15:2,3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when they came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have and spare them not and slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
The non humans, the ones God didn't make, are now being taken out. They will no longer exist on Earth because of their intrinsically evil natures.
1Samuel 15:4 And Saul gathered the people together and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen and ten thousand men of Judah. 

1Samuel 15:5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek and laid wait in the valley. 

1Samuel 15:6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them, for you showed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
1Samuel 15:6 And Saul said unto the Kenites.(the whole tribe of the Kenites were friendly to the Hebrews who came out of Egypt. Jethro, the father in law of Moses was a Kenite and his family accompanied the Israelites and settled with other Kenites in various parts of the so-called promised land, the Holy Land, in Canaan), Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them, for you showed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
1Samuel 15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah.(Genesis 2:11).until you come to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

1Samuel 15:8 And he took Agag.(a general name for the kings of the Amalekites).the king of the Amalekites alive and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
Saul didn't follow the prophet Samuel's instructions which God had inspired in 1Samuel 15:2,3 (just above) and then he says he did this because he feared those he was king over and because of that he now blames those of his army for his ineptness and tries lying to Samuel about it, verses 12-23, below. Saul was on his way out because of how he was and that was, he just didn't trust God.
1Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings and the lambs and all that was good and would not utterly destroy them. But everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

1Samuel 15:10 Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king, for he is turned back from following me and has not performed my instructions. And it grieved Samuel and he cried unto the Lord all night.

1Samuel 15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel and behold, he set him up a place and is gone about and passed on and gone down to Gilgal. 

1Samuel 15:13-16 And Samuel came to Saul. And Saul said unto him, Blessed be you of the Lord. I have performed the commandment of the Lord. And Samuel said, What means then this bleating.(the characteristic cry of a goat or sheep).of the sheep in mine ears and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites.(Saul, the leader knew he did wrong, so he blames the soldiers with him; duh! he was a bit of an idiot for thinking Samuel was that stupid). For the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay and I will tell you what the Lord has said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.

1Samuel 15:17 And Samuel said, When you were little in your own sight, were you not made the head of the tribes of Israel and the Lord anointed you king over Israel? 

1Samuel 15:18 And God sent you on a journey and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites and fight against them until they be consumed.
These ancient tribes, the Amalekites only being one of them (Genesis 15:19-21), were on Earth long before times we know. 

They were of the bloodlines of Satan, bloodlines carried on from Cain and were not to be intermingled with, instead to be utterly destroyed:.Numbers 21:1-3; Deuteronomy 7:1,2; 1Samuel 15:2,3; Joshua 6:21; Jeremiah 25:9; 50:13; 50:21-38.

But others, called Gentiles, who wanted to be part and parcel with ancient Israel, were welcomed:.Acts 10:28.

Satan knew what humanity was to look like before God made humanity. How did he know? He was then in contact with the true God:.Job 1:6-8. He didn't like what was to be the destiny of those he was to teach:.2Thessalonians 2:4; Hebrews 2:6-8

Satan is no more in contact with God.(Job 1:7), having severed himself completely.(Luke 10:18;.2Peter 2:4), just as he also did to those whom he influenced to become like him.(Jeremiah 44:16,17), such as the evil line of Esau.for them to worship the false Gods.satanists had set up. Satan is a divider. That's where the 'divide and conquer' approach toward others comes from; different political parties, selfishness of individuals, wars, separations, hate, taxes, poisonings, etc., harm in any way is the bent of those influenced by the dark side, the satanists.

1Samuel 15:19-22 Wherefore then did you not obey the voice of God, but did fly upon the spoil.(in.eagerness to grab all they had).and did evil in the sight of God? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of God and have gone the way which the Lord sent me and have brought Agag the king of Amalek and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people.(king Saul blames the soldiers for his ineptness).took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Has God as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying him? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of God, he has also rejected you from being king.

1Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of God and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

1Samuel 15:25-35 Now therefore, I pray you, pardon my sin and turn again with me, that I may worship God. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of God and God has rejected you from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle and it rent.(tore). And Samuel said unto him, God has rent the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours.(this was David), that is better than you. And also the Strength of Israel.(God).will not lie nor repent.(change His mind), for he is not a man, that he should repent. Then he said, I have sinned, yet honor me now, I pray you, before the elders of my people and before Israel and turn again with me.(walk with me, not away from me in disgust, so the people will think you are not upset with me; Saul thought more of what people thought of his position, than what God thought of his life; he just 'believed' as many church goers today:.2Timothy 3:5), that I may worship God.(Saul refers to Samuel's God, obviously Saul didn't think he could have had a meaningful relationship with this true God). So Samuel turned again.(Samuel granted him this).after Saul and Saul worshipped God. Then said Samuel, Bring you hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. And Samuel said, As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces in Gilgal. Then Samuel went to Ramah and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul over God repenting.(God changed His mind on Saul, meaning, God was sorry He had even picked Saul in the first place).that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Humanity always has free choice. Problem for us is in allowing ourselves to choose apart from God supporting us.
1Samuel 16:1 And God  said to Samuel, How long will you go on sorrowing for Saul, seeing that I have put him from his place as king over Israel? Take oil in your vessel and go. I will send you to Jesse, the Beth-lehemite, for I have got a king for myself among his sons.(and this was to be David).

1Samuel 16:2-5 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And God said, Take an heifer with you and say, I am come to sacrifice to God. And call Jesse to the sacrifice and I will show you what you shall do and you shall anoint unto me him whom I name unto you. And Samuel did that which God spoke and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming and said, Come you peaceably? And he said, Yes peaceably! I am come to sacrifice unto God. Sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and called them to the sacrifice.

1Samuel 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he.(Samuel).looked on Eliab and said, Surely God's anointed is before him.
Samuel figured by Eliab's appearance and manner that surely he must be the one God would choose.
1Samuel 16:7 But God said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the God sees not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart.

1Samuel 16:8-10 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither has God chosen this. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither has God chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, God has not chosen these.

1Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, There remains yet the youngest and behold, he keeps the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down till he comes hither.

1Samuel 16:12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and withal of a beautiful countenance and goodly to look to. And God said, Arise anoint him, for this is he.

1Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel.took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brethren. And the Spirit of God came upon David.from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

1Samuel 16:14 So, the Spirit of God departed from Saul.(why? verse 13 just above and 1Samuel 15th chapter).and an evil spirit troubled him.
Showing God.really.does control all and you don't screw around when it comes to the things of God.
1Samuel 16:15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God seems to be troubling you. 

1Samuel 16:16-22 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before you, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp. And it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God.(what's this?).is upon you, that he shall play with his hand and you shall be well. And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well and bring him to me. Then answered one of the servants and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing and a mighty valiant man and a man of war and prudent in matters and a comely individual and God is with him. Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse and said, Send me David your son.(at this time Saul didn't know he was to be replaced by David), which is with the sheep. And Jesse took an ass laden with bread and a bottle of wine and a kid and sent them with David his son unto Saul. And David came to Saul and stood before him and he loved him greatly.(at this time Saul and David had a great affinity for each other).and he became his armour bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.

1Samuel 16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp and played with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well and the evil spirit departed from him.