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Amalekites

(ăm`ələkīts), in the Bible, aboriginal people of Canaan and the Sinai peninsula. They waged constant warfare against the Hebrews until dispersed by Saul. Their ancestor, Amalek, for whom they were named, was a duke of Edom and Esau's descendant.

Amalekites

Israel’s hereditary foe and symbol of perpetual hatred. [Jew. Hist.: Wigoder, 24]
See: Enemy
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It should be remembered that, having been spared by King Saul, the Amalekite king Agag is brought before Samuel, who promptly executes him, but not before uttering this harsh goodbye: "As your sword has bereaved women, so shall your mother be bereaved among women" (I Sam.
He told me with unblinking seriousness that he did not think there were any Amalekites these days, adding that of course if there were, the commandment to extirpate them would be valid.
Samuel's messages spoken in the seance explain that the Lord has already torn the kingdom out of Saul's hands and has given it to David, specifically referencing Saul's failure to execute the Lord's wrath against the Amalekites.
The Bible presents dealing correctly with the Amalekites as a proper point of comparison between irresolute and resolute leadership--Saul cannot bring himself to execute the Amalekite king, whereas Samuel has no such qualms (see 1 Sam.
Haman concocts his own plot to settle the ancient Amalekite score with the Jews, as well as his personal score with a particular Jew named Mordecai.
Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
Because such rivalrous fidelity to a woman threatens his mythos of male identity, the child who at boarding school was persecuted as a despised Amalekite feels compelled to suppress a vulnerability that he associates with the complexity of adult love.
Baanah, just as he had the young Amalekite at Ziklag, with death.
According to the First Book of Samuel, God ordered King Saul to strike at the Amalekite people, killing every man, woman, child, and animal.
The Bible commands the Israelites to murder the entire tribe of Amalek ("both man and woman, infant and suckling") and the Prophet Samuel dethroned King Saul because he spared the lives of Amalekite prisoners (1 Samuel 15).
On close reading, his sense of unworthiness leads him to be overly subordinate to his perception of public opinion and overly deferential to the Amalekite king (I Samuel 13, 15).