Are Some People Better Than Others Are?

March 30, 2015

You often hear people say that no one is any better than anyone else is. A statement by Samuel the prophet that explicitly compares two key people does not support this common statement:

KJV 1Sa 15:28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

NAU 1Sa 15:28 So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.

NET 1Sa 15:28 Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to one of your colleagues who is better than you!

NIV 1Sa 15:28 Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors– to one better than you.

NKJ 1Sa 15:28 So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.

ESV 1Sa 15:28 And Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.

CSB 1Sa 15:28 Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingship of Israel away from you today and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.

As the biblical data above shows, every one of these major translations reads the same—God said that David was better than Saul was! Based on this explicit biblical teaching, we must adjust what we say in this regard to account for what God has revealed to us in this passage.

Rajesh

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