But Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh, and have gone on the mission that Yahweh sent me on and have brought Agag the king of Amalek and have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. Bible see other translations

“But I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh.” It is unclear here whether Saul is just a stubborn liar who cannot bring himself to be humble before Yahweh and admit his guilt, or whether Saul is so spiritually blind and ungodly by this point that he actually believes he obeyed God. At some level, he does know that the word of Yahweh was not fulfilled, because in the next verse he shifts the blame to the people.

“devoted...to destruction.” That is, killed them all.

[For more on things “devoted” to Yahweh and devoted to destruction, see commentary on Joshua 6:17.]

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 15:20