An Israelite might have had a chance of mercy, but an Amalekite had none—the man was condemned to instant death.
He would have the Amalekite alive that he might cause him to die a hundred deaths in one.
Here it was, then, that this Amalekite came to his end by the hand of righteous Samuel.
"She carried something in her arms," answered the Amalekite.
Saul had spared only one Amalekite, and had smitten the rest.
"Then we will try to take her in Klysma," cried Phoebicius to the Amalekite.
King Saul obeyed the injunction, save that he spared the life of Agag, the Amalekite king, and some of the finest animals.
And he answered, "I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite."
In the first place the Amalekite chieftain who had bound her was a strangely heroic figure.
He would not bow to the Amalekite, let the consequence be what it might.
a tribe that dwelt in Arabia Petraea, between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. They were not the descendants of Amalek, the son of Eliphaz, for they existed in the days of Abraham (Gen. 14:7). They were probably a tribe that migrated from the shores of the Persian Gulf and settled in Arabia. "They dwelt in the land of the south...from Havilah until thou comest to Shur" (Num. 13:29; 1 Sam. 15:7). They were a pastoral, and hence a nomadic race. Their kings bore the hereditary name of Agag (Num. 24:7; 1 Sam. 15:8). They attempted to stop the Israelites when they marched through their territory (Deut. 25:18), attacking them at Rephidim (Ex. 17:8-13; comp. Deut. 25:17; 1 Sam. 15:2). They afterwards attacked the Israelites at Hormah (Num. 14:45). We read of them subsequently as in league with the Moabites (Judg. 3:13) and the Midianites (Judg. 6:3). Saul finally desolated their territory and destroyed their power (1 Sam. 14:48; 15:3), and David recovered booty from them (1 Sam. 30:18-20). In the Babylonian inscriptions they are called Sute, in those of Egypt Sittiu, and the Amarna tablets include them under the general name of Khabbati, or "plunderers."