In verse 15, God Himself says, â€śI regret that I have made Saul king.â€ť But in verse 29, Samuel says, â€śthe Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.â€ť Then in the chapter's closing statement, Scripture tells us, â€śthe LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israelâ€ť (ESV).
How do we reconcile those three statements, all in quick succession in a single passage? Is the tension deliberate? Was Samuel's belief in divine immutability mistaken? Or is there another, better, explanation for the tension? That's what we'll explore this morning.