1 Samuel 15:33 Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.
Was it an overkill? Was it in character of Samuel? Did it please the LORD?
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Samuel gives one reason moments before he did it :
As thy sword hath made women childless [1 Samuel 15:33, KJV]
No. It was commanded 'slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass' 1 Samuel 15:3. No provision was made to spare a king.
It was in character, for Samuel presided over many fatal conflicts over the enemies of the Lord. But it was not his practice to do so, as it was usually the case that others did the actual duty of soldiery, not he, himself.
Yes. It was the Lord who commanded it :
Thus saith the Lord of hosts ... go and smite Amalek ... spare them not ... slay both man and woman ... [1 Samuel 15:2, 3 - KJV]