Bible Names A-G
Agag in Wikipedia
(pronounced /ˈeɪɡæɡ/) (Hebrew: אגג ʼĂḡāḡ) was the king of the
Amalekites, mentioned by Balaam in Numbers xxiv.7 in a way
that gives probability to the conjecture that the name was a
standing title of the kings of Amalek. The name or title may
mean "flame" in ancient West Semitic.
Another Amalekite ruler named Agag was taken alive by King
Saul after destroying the Amalekites (I Sam. xv.). His life
was spared by Saul and the Israelites took the best of the
sheep, cattle, fat calves and lambs from the Amalekites.
According to the Bible, the prophet Samuel regarded this
clemency as a defiance of the will of YHWH, which was "to
completely destroy" the Amalekites. Samuel put Agag to death
at Gilgal saying that "[a]s your sword has made women
childless, so will your mother be childless among women." And
so Samuel proceeded to personally cut Agag to pieces.
The story also indicates that this is the last time Samuel and
Saul ever saw each other. As a result of this incident, Samuel
said to Saul that "[y]ou have rejected the word of the Lord,
and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel."...