The Samuel Bible story continues with Samuel learning from God that Saul was the youth who was destined to be Israel's chieftain. So with a vial of oil the prophet anointed Saul as king, consecrating him to the service of the Lord.
During his rule, Saul repelled the Philistines with his son, Jonathan, and stood for a moment at the pinnacle of his power. Then the aged Samuel, coming out of his honorable retirement, brought the command of the Lord directing Saul to attack Israel's most ancient foe--the Amalekites of the desert--and to destroy every living creature among them. Saul fought Amalek willingly, but in his growing self-confidence, he presumed to disobey the remainder of the command. He kept the king of the desert dwellers as a captive, and their herds as spoil.
Samuel went to Saul to rebuke him. These two, who had been allies for so long, had now reached the parting of their ways, for Saul was a trickster who only pretended to have obeyed God. When Samuel tried to turn away from him in scorn, the king seized Samuel's robe to hold him. The garment was torn across in a jagged rent; as a result, Samuel prophesied that even at that moment was the kingdom being rent away from Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, although Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
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