1 Samuel 28
Achish putteth confidence in David.
1 Samuel 28:1 And it chaunced in those dayes, that the Philistines geathered their hoost together to warre, to fyght with Israel. And Achis sayde to Dauid: Be sure, thou shalt goo out with me to the battell, thou & the men þt are with the. 1 Samuel 28:2 And Dauid sayde to Achis: then þu shalt know, what thy seruaunt can do. And Achis sayde agayne to Dauid: Then I will make þe keper of my heed for euer
Saul having destroyed the witches,
1 Samuel 28:3 Samuel was then deed, & all Israel had lamented hym, & buryed him in Rama his awne cytie. And Saul hat put þe wemen that had spretes of prophesye, & þe Sothsayers out of the land.
and now in his fear forsaken by God,
1 Samuel 28:4 And the Philistines geathered together, & came, & pitched in Sunem. And Saul gathered all Israel togeather, & they pitched in Giboa: 1 Samuel 28:5 And when Saul saw the hoste of the Philistines, he was afrayed, & his hert was sore astonyed. 1 Samuel 28:6 And whan Saul asked councell of the Lorde, the Lorde answered him not, nether hy dreames, nor by Urim nor yet by prophetes.
seeketh a witch.
1 Samuel 28:7 Then sayd Saul vnto his seruauntes seke me a woman that hath a sprete of prophesye, þt I maye go to her & aske of her. And hys seruauntes sayde to him: Beholde, there is a woman that hath a sprete of prophesye at Endor. 1 Samuel 28:8 And Saul chaunged him self, and put on other rayment, & then went he & two men with hym, and they came to the woman by nyght. And he sayde: prophesye vnto me by þe sprete, & bring me him vp whom I shall name vnto the.
The witch, encouraged by Saul, raiseth up Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:9 And the woman sayde vnto hym: Beholde thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath destroyed þe wemen that had prophesying spretes, & the Sorcerars out of the lande. Wherfore then sekest thou an occasion agaynst my soule, that he maye kyll me? 1 Samuel 28:10 And Saul sware to her by the Lorde saying: As suerly as þe Lorde lyueth, there shall no harme chaunce þe for this thyng. 1 Samuel 28:11 Then sayd þe woman: whom shall I fetche vp vnto the? He answered: Bring me vp Samuel. 1 Samuel 28:12 When þe woman saw Samuel, she cryed wt a lowde voyce, and spake to Saul saying: why hast thou disceaued me? for þu art Saul. 1 Samuel 28:13 And þe kyng sayde vnto her, be not afrayde: What seest thou? The woman sayd vnto Saul. I se goddes ascending vp out of the erth. 1 Samuel 28:14 He sayde vnto her agayne: what fassion is he of? She answered: there cometh vp an olde man wt a mantell vpon hym. And Saul perceaued þt it was Samuel & he stouped wt his face to the grounde, & bowed hym selfe.
Saul, hearing his ruin, fainteth.
1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel sayd to Saul: why hast thou vnquieted me, to make me be brought vp? Saul answered: I am sore encombred. For the Philystynes make warre agaynst me, & God is departed from me and answereth me no more, nether by prophetes, nether by dreames. And therfore I haue called the, þt thou mayest tell me, what I shall do. 1 Samuel 28:16 Then sayd Samuel: wherfore doest þu aske of me, whyle þe Lorde is gone from the, & is become thyne enemye? 1 Samuel 28:17 Truly þe Lord hath done for hym selfe, euen as he spake by my hand. For the Lorde hath rent the kingdome out of thyne hande, & geuen it thy neyboure Dauid. 1 Samuel 28:18 Because thou obeyedst not þe voyce of the Lord, nor executedst hys fearce wrath vpon the Amaleckites, therfore hath þe Lord done this vnto the this daye. 1 Samuel 28:19 And moreouer, the Lorde wyll delyuer Israel wt the, into the handes of the Philistines. To morowe shalt thou and thy sonnes be with me, and the Lorde shall geue the hoste of Israel into the handes of þe Philistines. 1 Samuel 28:20 Then Saul fell streyght waye flatte on the erth a longe as he was, and was sore adread because of the wordes of Samuel. And there was no strength in hym, for he had eaten no bread all the daye and the nyght before.
The woman with his servants refresh him with meat.
1 Samuel 28:21 And the woman cam vnto Saul, and sawe that he was sore troubled, and sayde vnto hym: Se, thyne handmayd hath obeyed thy voyce, & haue put my soule in my hande, and haue harkened vnto thy wordes, which thou saydest vnto me. 1 Samuel 28:22 Nowe therfore harken thou also vnto þe voyce of thyne handmayd, and let me sett a morsell of bread before the, that thou mayest eate and gett the strength, & then go on thy iourneye. 1 Samuel 28:23 He refused, and sayde: I wyll not eate. But hys seruauntes & the woman togeather compelled him, and he hearkened vnto theyr voyce. And so he arose from the erth, and sat him on a bedd. 1 Samuel 28:24 The woman had a fat calfe in the house, and she hasted & kylled it, and toke flowre & kneded it, and dyd bake swete cakes therof, 1 Samuel 28:25 and brought them before Saul and before his seruauntes. And when they had eaten, they stode vp, and went awaye the same nyght.