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Skeptics have alleged that this statement contradicts verse 11: "It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king" (1 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.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8