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Agag

AGAG (ā'găg, Heb. ’ăghāgh, perhaps meaning violent). An important king of Amalek (Num.24.7). Balaam prophesied that a king of Jacob (Israel) would surpass him. In Num.24.3-Num.24.9 Balaam began to predict the coming prosperity of Israel. Israel’s oldest enemy following the Exodus was Amalek (Exod.17.8-Exod.17.15), and Balaam foresaw Israel’s future glory in terms of the defeat of Amalek under a king whom he identified as Agag. This prediction was fulfilled when Saul and Agag met in battle (1Sam.15.1-1Sam.15.33). Saul defeated Agag, but he only partly obeyed the command to wreak the Lord’s vengeance on the Amalekites. See also [[Saul]].