1 Samuel 28
Achish putteth confidence in David.
1 Samuel 28:1 And it chaunced in those dayes, þt the Philistines gathered theyr hoste together to warre, entendyng to fyght with Israel. And Achis sayde to Dauid: Be sure, thou shalt go out with me in the host, and thy men also. 1 Samuel 28:2 And Dauid sayd agayne to Achis: then thou shalt knowe, what thy seruaunt can do. And Achis sayde to Dauid: Then I wyll make the keper of my head for euer.
Saul having destroyed the witches,
1 Samuel 28:3 Samuel was then deade, and all Israel had lamented hym & buryed hym in Ramath hys owne cytye. And Saul had put the wemen that had spyrytes of prophesye & the Sorcerers oute of the lande.
and now in his fear forsaken by God,
1 Samuel 28:4 And the Philistines gathered together and came and pytched in Sunam. And Saule and al Israell gathered together and pytched in Gelboe. 1 Samuel 28:5 And when Saul sawe the hoste of the Philistines, he was afrayed, and hys hert was sore astonied. 1 Samuel 28:6 And Saul asked councell of the Lorde: But the Lord answered hym not, nether by dreame nor by Vrim, nor yet by Prophetes.
seeketh a witch.
1 Samuel 28:7 Then sayde Saul vnto hys seruauntes: seke me a woman that is mastres of a spyrit of prophecie, that I may go to her and aske of her. And his seruauntes said to hym: se, there is a wyfe þt hath a spyrit of prophecy in her possession at Endor. 1 Samuel 28:8 And Saul chaunged hys clothes & put on other rayment, & then went he and two men wt hym, & they came to the wyfe by nyghte. And he sayde: prophesye vnto me by the spyryt, & bring me him vp whom I shal name vnto the.
The witch, encouraged by Saul, raiseth up Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:9 And the wyfe sayde vnto hym: Beholde, thou knowest what Saul hath done how he hath destroyed the wemen that had prophesyinge spirites, & þe Sorcerers out of þe lande. Wherfore then layest thou a nette for my soule to kyl me? 1 Samuel 28:10 And Saul swore to her by the Lorde sayinge: As surely as the Lord lyueth, there shall no harme chaunce the for this thynge. 1 Samuel 28:11 Then saide the wyfe: whom shall I fetche vp vnto the? and he sayde: Brynge me vp Samuel. 1 Samuel 28:12 When the woman saw Samuell, she cryed with a loude voice & spake to Saul saying: why hast thou mocked me for thou art Saul: 1 Samuel 28:13 And the kynge sayde vnto her, be not afrayd. But what seyst thou. And the wyfe sayde vnto Saul: I se a God ascendynge vp out of the earth. 1 Samuel 28:14 And he sayd: what fashyon is he of? And the woman sayd: there cometh vp an olde man wyth a mantel vpon hym. And Saul perceyued that it was Samuel, and stouped wt hys face to the ground and bowed him selfe.
Saul, hearing his ruin, fainteth.
1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel sayde to Saul: why hast þu vnquyeted me, to make me be brought vp? And Saul answered: I am sore encombred. For the Philistines make warre agaynst me & God is departed from me & answered me no more, nether by prophetes, nether by dreames. And therfore I haue called the, to tell me what I shall do. 1 Samuel 28:16 Then said Samuel: wherfore doest thou aske of me? while the lorde is gone from the & is thyne enemye, 1 Samuel 28:17 the lorde wyl do to the as he sayde by my hande. For the lorde wyl rent the kyngdom out of thyne hand, & geue it thy neyghboure Dauid, 1 Samuel 28:18 because thou obeydst not the voyce of the Lorde, nor excutest hys fearce wrath vpon the Amalekites. Therfore hath the lord done thys vnto þe this daye. 1 Samuel 28:19 And moreouer the Lorde wyll delyuer Israel wyth the, into the handes of the Philistines. And to morow shalt thou and thy sonnes be with me, and the Lorde shall geue the host of Israel into the handes of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 28:20 Then Saul fell streyght waye flatte on the earth as longe as he was, and was sore a dread of the wordes of Samuel. And therto there was no strength in hym, for he had not eaten all the daye & the nyght before.
The woman with his servants refresh him with meat.
1 Samuel 28:21 And the woman came vnto Saul and sawe that he was sore troubled, and said vnto him Se, thyne handmayde hath obeyed thy voyce and haue put my soule in my hand, and haue harkened vnto thy wordes whyche thou saydest vnto me. 1 Samuel 28:22 Now therefore harken thou also vnto the voyce of thyne handmayde, and let me set a morsel of bread before the, and eat and get the strength to go thy iourney. 1 Samuel 28:23 But he refused it and sayde: I will not eate. But hys seruauntes and the wyfe together compelled hym, that he hearde their voice. And so he arose from the earth and sat hym on a bed. 1 Samuel 28:24 The woman had a fat calf in the house, and that she hasted and kylled it, and toke flower and kneed it, and dyd bake hym swete cakes, 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.