The Error of Minos

Do not commit atrocity for the sake of your own reign, your own raging bull, even when it may seem necessary.

Whether or not those are your specific instructions, that way lies peril.

And not all instructions are meant to be followed.

Still worse, never under any circumstance should you then attempt to steal the bull for yourself.

Do not lust after the spoils.

If you endeavor to pilfer all your reality purely for the sake of your own crown?

Time and gravity themselves will inevitably rebel against you.

Your end will come, trapped in a labyrinth of your own making, a minotaur that needs to be slain.

– Yoav Golan

Samuel instructs Saul to make war on the Amalekites and to “utterly destroy” them,[14] in fulfilment of a mandate set out Deuteronomy 25:19:

When the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies on every hand, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; do not forget.

Having forewarned the Kenites who were living among the Amalekites to leave, Saul goes to war and defeats the Amalekites. Saul kills all the men, women, children and poor quality livestock, but leaves alive the king and best livestock. When Samuel learns that Saul has not obeyed his instructions in full, he informs Saul that God has rejected him as king due to his disobedience. As Samuel turns to go, Saul seizes hold of his garments and tears off a piece; Samuel prophecies that the kingdom will likewise be torn from Saul. Samuel then kills the Amalekite king himself. Samuel and Saul each return home and never meet again after these events (1 Samuel 15:33-35).


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