23 “Curse Meroz, says the angel of the Lord,
curse its inhabitants thoroughly,
zbecause they did not come to the help of the Lord,
to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
9 mBut Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves1 and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.
42 And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction,1 therefore oyour life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.’”