Saul then marched his army to Petra, the “city of Amalek and laid wait in the valley.” Petra was the ancient stronghold of Mount Seir of the Edomites and Horim, a place David Rohl accounted as Mosera, the Rose-Red City. Petra, according to Josephus, was the former home of Amaleqim giants. Petra/Acre/Arecem was the perpetual capital city of sedition, home of the Amalekite blood oath, and a royal city reigned over by Iy’anak/Anakim rulers. After Petra, Saul pursued the remnant from Havilah to Shur and attacked other cities and villages there, from Petra to the Egyptian border and to the region known today as Yemen.
Sadly, Saul did not utterly destroy all the Amalekites, which violated God’s instructions. Regrettably, Saul chose to spare some Amalekites, King Agag, and the prized animals. Saul spared Agag because Saul admired the tall and handsome king. Saul was a very large warrior himself, yet Saul found Agag comparatively taller still. One ponders just how large Agag was, noting his title was patronymic after the Amaleqim Agag in the time of the Exodus, a dynastic bloodline from the time of the flood, which undoubtedly suggests Rephaim blood flowed through the veins of Amalekite kings from the Amaleqim of Genesis 14:7. Timna and Eliphaz named their son Amalek after the Amaleqim patriarch, which then became the eponymous name for the Amalekite hybrids, who dwelled with the Amaleqim.
Samuel stated that just as Agag’s sword had put (Israelite) women to the sword, Samuel would subject Agag to the sword at Gilgal. Samuel did not just kill Agag with a single strike of the sword, but hewed Agag into pieces, in a “peculiar kind” of slaying akin to quartering, and a death that included decapitation by inference, and as Rephaim were beheaded. Further, hacking Agag into pieces inferred that Agag was viewed as accursed for his crimes.