will not lie nor repent

1 Samuel 15:29

15:29 will not lie nor repent. Skeptics have alleged that this statement contradicts I Samuel 15:11: “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king” (I Samuel 15:35). How can God both repent and not repent? The answer is that His “repentance” (meaning “change of mind”) refers to His actions, His non-repentance to His character. That is, He seems to outside observers to change His mind and His resulting action precisely because—as the all-righteous God—He does not change His mind regarding the character of sin and its consequences.

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