1 Samuel 28
Achish putteth confidence in David.
1 Samuel 28:1 And it came to passe in those dayes, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel: And Achish said vnto Dauid, Knowe thou assuredly, that thou shalt goe out with me to battell, thou, and thy men. 1 Samuel 28:2 And Dauid said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy seruant can doe. And Achish said to Dauid, Therfore will I make thee keeper of mine head for euer.
Saul having destroyed the witches,
1 Samuel 28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, euen in his owne citie: and Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wyzards, out of the land.
and now in his fear forsaken by God,
1 Samuel 28:4 And the Philistines gathered themselues together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. 1 Samuel 28:5 And when Saul saw the hoste of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 1 Samuel 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreames, nor by Urim, nor by Prophets.
seeketh a witch.
1 Samuel 28:7 Then said Saul vnto his seruants, Seeke me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may goe to her, and enquire of her. And his seruant said to him, Beholde, [there is] a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. 1 Samuel 28:8 And Saul disguised himselfe, and put on other raiment, and hee went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night, and he said, I pray thee diuine vnto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] vp whom I shall name vnto thee.
The witch, encouraged by Saul, raiseth up Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:9 And the woman saide vnto him, Beholde, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how hee hath cut off those that haue familiar spirits, and the wyzards out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? 1 Samuel 28:10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liueth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. 1 Samuel 28:11 Then said the woman, Whome shall I bring vp vnto thee? and he said, Bring me vp Samuel. 1 Samuel 28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a lowd voyce; and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceiued me? for thou [art] Saul. 1 Samuel 28:13 And the king sayd vnto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said vnto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. 1 Samuel 28:14 And he said vnto her, What forme is he of? And she said, An old man commeth vp, and he is couered with a mantle. And Saul perceiued that it was Samuel, and hee stouped with his face to the ground, and bowed himselfe.
Saul, hearing his ruin, fainteth.
1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me vp? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistins make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by Prophets, nor by dreames: therefore I haue called thee, that thou mayst make knowen vnto me, what I shall doe. 1 Samuel 28:16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then doest thou aske of mee, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? 1 Samuel 28:17 And the LORD hath done to him, as hee spake by mee: for the LORD hath rent the kingdome out of thine hand, and giuen it to thy neighbour, [euen] to Dauid: 1 Samuel 28:18 Because thou obeiedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath vpon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing vnto thee this day. 1 Samuel 28:19 Moreouer, the LORD will also deliuer Israel with thee, into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow [shalt] thou and thy sonnes [bee] with mee: the LORD also shall deliuer the hoste of Israel into the hand of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 28:20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel, & there was no strength in him: for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor al the night.
The woman with his servants refresh him with meat.
1 Samuel 28:21 And the woman came vnto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and sayd vnto him, Behold, thine handmayd hath obeyed thy voice, and I haue put my life in my hand, and haue hearkened vnto thy words which thou spakest vnto me: 1 Samuel 28:22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also vnto the voyce of thine handmaid, & let me set a morsel of bread before thee; & eat, that thou mayest haue strength, when thou goest on thy way. 1 Samuel 28:23 But hee refused, and said, I will not eate. But his seruants together with the woman compelled him, and he hearkened vnto their voyce: so he arose from the earth, & sate vpon the bed. 1 Samuel 28:24 And the woman had a fat calfe in the house, and she hasted, and killed it, and tooke flower and kneaded [it], and did bake vnleauened bread thereof. 1 Samuel 28:25 And she brought [it] before Saul, and before his seruants, and they did eate: then they arose vp, and went away that night.