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A group of enemies called the Amalekites oppressed a group of Israelites, but Saul had some of his oxen cut up, sent the pieces to the tribes of Israel as a call for help and saved the tribe from the Amalekites who he defeated in battle. Samuel prepared to step down as leader of the Israelites and asked if anybody had found fault with something wrong he had done, but nobody could think of anything that he had done wrong for he had lived a Godly life. At first Saul seemed to be doing well as king, but he soon made a couple of mistakes that made him lose favor in God’s eyes such as making a sacrifice when Samuel was not able to arrive fast enough to suit the desire of Saul, making a rash oath that prevents his men from eating before the evening while they fought against the oppressing Philistines, which his son broke when he came upon some honey, and not killing off the entire tribe of the Amalekites when he spared the king of the Amalekites and some of their livestock, which was supposedly for sacrifices but did not mean nearly as much to God as obeying his commands. When Samuel told Saul that he would no longer be supported as king by God, Saul grabbed onto part of Samuel’s robe and accidentally tore it, which Samuel used as a metaphor for how the group of Israel would be torn apart. Saul’s son named Jonathan, though, was quite admirable with his bravery such as when he and his armor bearer were the first to fight against the Philistines, killing off twenty of the Philistines alone and leading the israelites to victory over the Philistines.

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