What does 1 Samuel 15:8 mean?
ESV: And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword.
NIV: He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.
NASB: He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and completely destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
CSB: He captured King Agag of Amalek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.
NLT: He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else.
KJV: And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
NKJV: He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
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Book Summary:
First Samuel introduces the key figures who led Israel after the era of the judges. The books of 1 and 2 Samuel were originally part of a single text, split in certain translations shortly before the birth of Christ. Some of the Bible’s most famous characters are depicted in this book. These including the prophet Samuel, Israel’s first king, Saul, her greatest king, David, and other famous names such as Goliath and Jonathan. By the end of this book, Saul has fallen; the book of 2 Samuel begins with David’s ascension to the throne.
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