1 Samuel 15:5
New International Version
Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.

New Living Translation
Then Saul and his army went to a town of the Amalekites and lay in wait in the valley.

English Standard Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley.

Berean Study Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley.

King James Bible
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

New King James Version
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.

New American Standard Bible
And Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the wadi.

NASB 1995
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

NASB 1977
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and set an ambush in the valley.

Amplified Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

Christian Standard Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the wadi.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the wadi.

American Standard Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Shaul came unto the city of Amaleq and he pronounced judgment in the valley

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Saul came to the cities of Amalec, and laid wait in the valley.

Contemporary English Version
then led them to a valley near one of the towns in Amalek, where they got ready to make a surprise attack.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Saul was come to the city of Amalec, he laid ambushes in the torrent.

English Revised Version
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Good News Translation
Then he and his men went to the city of Amalek and waited in ambush in a dry riverbed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

International Standard Version
Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.

Literal Standard Version
And Saul comes to a city of Amalek, and lays wait in a valley;

NET Bible
Saul proceeded to the city of Amalek, where he set an ambush in the wadi.

New Heart English Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek, and lay in wait in the valley.

World English Bible
Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul cometh in unto a city of Amalek, and layeth wait in a valley;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Saul's Disobedience
4So Saul summoned the troops and numbered them at Telaim—200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah. 5Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. 6And he warned the Kenites, “Since you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt, go on and get away from the Amalekites. Otherwise I will sweep you away with them.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 15:4
So Saul summoned the troops and numbered them at Telaim--200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah.

1 Samuel 15:6
And he warned the Kenites, "Since you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt, go on and get away from the Amalekites. Otherwise I will sweep you away with them." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.


Treasury of Scripture

And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

laid wait.









(5) A city of Amalek.--Better rendered, The city of Amalek: no doubt, their principal place of arms.

And laid wait in the valley.--Better, in a torrent bed, then dry (Arabic, "Wady"). There is a strange tradition in the Talmud that Saul's mind misgave him when he came to this "torrent bed;" thus he called to mind the command of Deuteronomy 21:4 to slay an heifer at a torrent in expiation of a murder, and determined not to carry out the stern charge of Samuel, but to spare rather than to slay.

Verse 5. - A city of Amalek. More probably Ir-Amalek, the name of their one town. Laid wait. Many commentators follow the Syriac in rendering this verb contended, strove; others, like the A.V., with the Septuagint and Vulgate, regard it as a contracted form of a verb signifying to lay an ambuscade. It is not, however, a valley, but a "torrent bed," which was more fit for an ambush than for a strife or dispute. Rashi explains the verb as signifying "contended with himself," and quotes from the Talmud an opinion that when Saul reached the torrent he called to mind the command in Deuteronomy 21:4, to slay a heifer at a torrent in expiation of a murder, and had misgivings whether a slaughter so indiscriminate as that on which he was engaged could be justified. The law of the Herem was soon softened down, but we find David in several of his wars guilty of fearful cruelty. The translation of the A.V. is the more probable.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Saul
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

came
וַיָּבֹ֥א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

the city
עִ֣יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of Amalek
עֲמָלֵ֑ק (‘ă·mā·lêq)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 6002: Amalek -- a descendant of Esau, also his posterity

and lay in wait
וַיָּ֖רֶב (way·yā·reḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

in the valley.
בַּנָּֽחַל׃ (ban·nā·ḥal)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft


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