Parallel Verses

Lexham Expanded Bible

Then Samuel said, "Is there [as much] delight for Yahweh in burnt offerings and sacrifices as [there is] in {obeying} Yahweh? Look! {To obey} [is] better than sacrifice; to give heed than the fat of rams.

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention [is better] than the fat of rams.

International Standard Version

Samuel said, "Does the LORD delight as much in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the LORD? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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.

Amplified

Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a 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.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Darby Translation

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And Samuel said, Does the LORD have as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in hearing the voice of the LORD? Behold, to hear is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Julia Smith Translation

And Samuel will say, Was it pleasing to Jehovah in burnt-offerings and sacrifices as to hear to the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to hear, above a good sacrifice, and to hearken, above the fat of rams.

King James 2000

And Samuel said, has 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.

Modern King James verseion

And Samuel said, Does Jehovah delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice! To listen is better than the fat of rams!

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then said Samuel, "Hath the LORD as great pleasure in burnt sacrifices and offerings, as he hath that thou shouldest obey his voice? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to give heed is better than the fat of rams.

NET Bible

Then Samuel said, "Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams.

New Heart English Bible

Samuel said, "Has 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 listen than the fat of rams.

The Emphasized Bible

Then said Samuel - Doth that which is pleasing unto Yahweh consist in ascending-offerings and sacrifices, So much as in hearkening unto the voice of Yahweh? Lo! to hearken, is, better, than, sacrifice. And, to give heed, than, the fat of rams;

Webster

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.

World English 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.

Youngs Literal Translation

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;

Themes

Amalekites » Defeated by saul

Amalekites, the » saul » Condemned for not utterly destroying

the Burnt offering » Obedience better than

Christian ministers » Expostulate with rulers » Samuel with saul

Church and state » Ecclesiastical power superior to civil » Reproves rulers

Delight » What the lord delights in

Delight » What the lord does not delight in

Desire » What the lord desires

Desire » What the lord does not desire

Falsehood » Instances of » Saul, in professing to samuel to have obeyed the commandment to destroy all spoils of the amalekites, when in fact he had not obeyed

Formalism » The insufficiency of

Gilgal » Place of the first encampment of the israelites west of the jordan river » An altar built at, and sacrifice offered

Kings » Who reigned over all israel » saul

Obedience » The obeying of the lord

Obedience » To God, the duty of » Better than sacrifice

Obedience to God » Better than sacrifice

Offerings » Useless when not accompanied by genuine piety

Offerings » Withheld see offerings; withheld » Insufficient to secure salvation

Presumption » Instances of » Sparing the amalekites

Religion » Formalism » The insufficiency of

Repentance » Instances of » Saul, at the rebuke of samuel for not destroying the amalekites

Reproof » Faithfulness in » Samuel, of saul

Requirements » What the lord does not require

Rulers' » Wicked » Instances of » Saul, sparing agag and the best of the booty

Sacrifice » What is better than sacrifice

Sacrifices » Insufficient to secure salvation

Sacrifices » Generally the best of their kind

Sacrifices » Without obedience, worthless

samuel » Life summarized » Courageous

saul » King of israel » Dedicates the spoils of war

Saul, king of israel » The man who lost a crown characteristics of » Disobedience

Self-righteousness » Instances of » saul

Self-will » Exemplified » King saul

Self-will and stubbornness » Exemplified » saul

Service » Test » King saul was condemned by it

Sheep » Males of, called rams

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁמוּאל 
Sh@muw'el 
Usage: 140

Hath the Lord

Usage: 0

עולה עלה 
`olah 
Usage: 288

זבח 
Zebach 
Usage: 162

the voice
קל קול 
Qowl 
Usage: 506

of the Lord

Usage: 0

זבח 
Zebach 
Usage: 162

and to hearken
קשׁב 
Qashab 
Usage: 46

than the fat
חלב חלב 
Cheleb 
Usage: 92

References

Images 1 Samuel 15:22

Prayers for 1 Samuel 15:22

Context Readings

Samuel Announces The Downfall Of Saul

21 The troops took from the plunder, sheep and cattle, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to Yahweh your God at Gilgal." 22 Then Samuel said, "Is there [as much] delight for Yahweh in burnt offerings and sacrifices as [there is] in {obeying} Yahweh? Look! {To obey} [is] better than sacrifice; to give heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion [is like] the sin of divination; arrogance [is like] iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has rejected you from [being] king!"


Cross References

Hosea 6:6

Because I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Mark 12:33

And to love him from your whole heart and from your whole understanding and from your whole strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Jeremiah 7:22-23

For I did not speak with your ancestors, nor did I command them in the day of bringing them out from the land of Egypt, concerning the matter of burnt offering and sacrifice.

Micah 6:6-8

With what shall I approach Yahweh, and bow down to God on high? Shall I approach him with burnt offerings, with bull calves a year old?

Matthew 12:7

And if you had known what {it means}, 'I want mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Psalm 40:6-8

A sacrifice and offering you do not desire. {My ears you have opened}. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not demanded.

Psalm 50:8-9

It is not concerning [a lack of] your sacrifices [that] I rebuke you, and your burnt offerings [are] before me continually.

Psalm 51:16-17

For you do not delight [in] sacrifice or I would give [it]. [With] a burnt offering you are not pleased.

Proverbs 21:3

Doing righteousness and justice is [more] acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

Ecclesiastes 5:1

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; draw near to listen [rather] than to offer a sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.

Matthew 9:13

But go [and] learn what it means, "I want mercy and not sacrifice." For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Isaiah 1:11-17

What [is the] abundance of your sacrifices to me? says Yahweh. I have had enough [of] burnt offerings of rams and [the] fat [of] fattened animals and I do not delight in [the] blood of bulls and ram-lambs and goats.

Jeremiah 11:7

for I solemnly admonished your ancestors in the day of my leading them out from the land of Egypt and up to this day, {admonishing persistently}, {saying}, "Obey my voice."

Jeremiah 26:13

Now {therefore} amend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and Yahweh will relent of the disaster that he has spoken over you.

Amos 5:21-24

"I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your assemblies.

Matthew 23:23

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees--hypocrites!--because you pay a tenth of mint and dill and cumin, and neglect the more important [matters] of the law--justice and mercy and faithfulness! It was necessary to do these [things] {while not neglecting those}.

Hebrews 10:4-10

For [it is] impossible [for] the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Exodus 19:5

And now if you will carefully listen to my voice and keep my covenant, you will be a treasured possession for me out of all the peoples, {for all the earth is mine},

Jeremiah 11:4

which I commanded your ancestors in the day of my bringing them from the land of Egypt, from the furnace of iron, {saying}, 'Listen to my voice and do according to all that I command you, {so will you be my people, and I will be your God}.'

Matthew 5:24

leave your gift there before the altar and first go be reconciled to your brother, and then come [and] present your gift.

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