1 Samuel 15:14
New International Version
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"

New Living Translation
“Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.

English Standard Version
And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?”

Berean Study Bible
But Samuel replied, “Then what is this bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle that I hear?”

New American Standard Bible
But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"

New King James Version
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

King James Bible
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Christian Standard Bible
Samuel replied, "Then what is this sound of sheep, goats, and cattle I hear?"

Contemporary English Version
"Then why," Samuel asked, "do I hear sheep and cattle?"

Good News Translation
Samuel asked, "Why, then, do I hear cattle mooing and sheep bleating?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samuel replied, "Then what is this sound of sheep and cattle I hear?"

International Standard Version
Samuel said, "Then what is this bleating of sheep in my ears and the lowing of cattle that I hear?"

NET Bible
Samuel replied, "If that is the case, then what is this sound of sheep in my ears and the sound of cattle that I hear?"

New Heart English Bible
Samuel said, "Then what does this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the cattle which I hear mean?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, Samuel asked, "But what is this sound of sheep in my ears and this sound of cows that I hear?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samuel said: 'What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?'

New American Standard 1977
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

King James 2000 Bible
And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

American King James Version
And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

American Standard Version
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Samuel said, What then is the bleating of this flock in my ears, and the sound of the oxen which I hear?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said: What meaneth then this bleating of the flocks, which soundeth in my ears, and the lowing of the herds, which I hear?

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said, What [means] then this bleating of sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of oxen which I hear?

English Revised Version
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

World English Bible
Samuel said, "Then what does this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the cattle which I hear mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel saith, 'And what is the noise of this flock in mine ears -- and the noise of the herd which I am hearing?'
Study Bible
Samuel Denounces Saul
13When Samuel reached him, Saul said to him, “May the LORD bless you. I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.” 14But Samuel replied, “Then what is this bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle I hear?” 15Saul answered, “The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we devoted to destruction.”…
Cross References
Exodus 32:21
"What did this people do to you," Moses asked Aaron, "that you have led them into so great a sin?"

1 Samuel 15:15
Saul answered, "The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we devoted to destruction."

Treasury of Scripture

And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

What meaneth

Psalm 36:2
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Psalm 50:16-21
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? …

Jeremiah 2:18,19,22,23,34-37
And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? …







Lexicon
But Samuel
שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

replied,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Then what
וּמֶ֛ה (ū·meh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

[is] this
הַזֶּ֖ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

bleating
קֽוֹל־ (qō·wl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

of sheep
הַצֹּ֥אן (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and lowing
וְק֣וֹל (wə·qō·wl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

of cattle
הַבָּקָ֔ר (hab·bā·qār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd

I
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

hear?”
שֹׁמֵֽעַ׃ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently
(14) What meaneth then this bleating? . . .--"Saul is convicted of falsehood by the voices of the animals which he has spared, contrary to God's command. Samuel's mode of citing them against him by the question, 'What meaneth these voices?' has an air of holy humour and cutting irony."--Lange.

Verse 14. - What meaneth then this bleating? etc. Literally, "What is this voice of sheep in my ears, and the voice of oxen?" While Saul's own conscience was silent they were proclaiming his disobedience. 15:10-23 Repentance in God is not a change of mind, as it is in us, but a change of method. The change was in Saul; He is turned back from following me. Hereby he made God his enemy. Samuel spent a whole night in pleading for Saul. The rejection of sinners is the grief of believers: God delights not in their death, nor should we. Saul boasts to Samuel of his obedience. Thus sinners think, by justifying themselves, to escape being judged of the Lord. The noise the cattle made, like the rust of the silver, Jas 5:3, witnessed against him. Many boast of obedience to the command of God; but what means then their indulgence of the flesh, their love of the world, their angry and unkind spirit, and their neglect of holy duties, which witness against them? See of what evil covetousness is the root; and see what is the sinfulness of sin, and notice that in it which above any thing else makes it evil in the sight of the Lord; it is disobedience: Thou didst not obey the voice of the Lord. Carnal, deceitful hearts, like Saul, think to excuse themselves from God's commandments by what pleases themselves. It is hard to convince the children of disobedience. But humble, sincere, and conscientious obedience to the will of God, is more pleasing and acceptable to him than all burnt-offering and sacrifices. God is more glorified and self more denied, by obedience than by sacrifice. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burned upon the altar, than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and to make our will subject to his will. Those are unfit and unworthy to rule over men, who are not willing that God should rule over them.
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