But then Saul was so desirous to retain Samuel, that he took hold
of his cloak, and because the vehemence of Samuel's departure made the
motion to be violent, the cloak was rent. Upon which the prophet said,
that after the same manner should the kingdom be rent from him, and that
a good and a just man should take it; that God persevered in what he had
decreed about him; that to be mutable and changeable in what is determined,
is agreeable to human passions only, but is not agreeable to the Divine
Power. Hereupon Saul said that he had been wicked, but that what was done
could not be undone: he therefore desired him to honor him so far, that
the multitude might see that he would accompany him in worshipping God.
So Samuel granted him that favor, and went with him and worshipped God.
Agag also, the king of the Amalekites, was brought to him; and when the
king asked, How bitter death was? Samuel said, "As thou hast made
many of the Hebrew mothers to lament and bewail the loss of their children,
so shalt thou, by thy death, cause thy mother to lament thee also."
Accordingly, he gave order to slay him immediately at Gilgal, and then
went away to the city Ramah.