1 Samuel 28
Achish putteth confidence in David.
1 Samuel 28:1 And it came to pass, in those days, when the Philistines gathered together their hosts for war, to fight with Israel, that Achish said unto David, Thou must, know, that, with me, shalt thou go forth in the host, thou and thy men. 1 Samuel 28:2 And David said unto Achish, Therefore, now, shalt thou know what thy servant can do. And Achish said unto David, Therefore, keeper of my head, will I appoint thee, all the days.
Saul having destroyed the witches,
1 Samuel 28:3 Now, Samuel, was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city,Saul, moreover had put away them who had familiar spirits and them who were oracles, out of the land.
and now in his fear forsaken by God,
1 Samuel 28:4 So then the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came in, and encamped in Shunem,and Saul gathered together all Israel, and they encamped in Gilboa. 1 Samuel 28:5 And, when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled exceedingly. 1 Samuel 28:6 Then Saul enquired of Yahweh, but Yahweh answered him not,neither by Dreams, nor by the Lights, nor by prophets.
seeketh a witch.
1 Samuel 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servantsSeek me out a woman that owneth a familiar spirit, that I may even go unto her, and enquire of her. And his servants said unto him, Lo! there is a woman that owneth a familiar spirit in En-dor. 1 Samuel 28:8 Saul therefore disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and departedhe and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night,and he saidDivine for me, I pray thee, by the familiar spirit, and bring up for mewhomsoever I shall name unto thee.
The witch, encouraged by Saul, raiseth up Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:9 And the woman said unto himLo! thou, knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off them who have familiar spirits and him who is an oracle, out of the land,wherefore, then, art thou striking at my life, to put me to death? 1 Samuel 28:10 So then Saul sware unto her by Yahweh, saying,By the life of Yahweh, there shall no punishment befall thee for this thing. 1 Samuel 28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up for thee? And he said, Samuel, bring thou up for me. 1 Samuel 28:12 And, when the woman saw Samuel, she made outcry with a loud voice,and the woman spake unto Saul, sayingWherefore hast thou deceived me, thou thyself being Saul? 1 Samuel 28:13 And the king said unto herBe not afraid, but what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, A god, saw I, coming up out of the earth. 1 Samuel 28:14 And he said to herWhat was his form? And she saidAn old man, coming up, he being wrapped about with a robe. Then Saul knew, that it was, Samuel, so he inclined his face to the earth, and bowed himself down.
Saul, hearing his ruin, fainteth.
1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel said unto Saul, Wherefore hast thou disquieted me, by bringing me up? And Saul saidI am in sore distress, for, the Philistines, are making war against me, and, God, hath turned away from me, and answereth me no moreeither by means of the prophets, or by dreams, therefore have I even called for thee, to let me know, what I am to do. 1 Samuel 28:16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore, then, shouldst thou ask me,when, Yahweh, hath turned away from thee, and hath come to be with thy neighbour? 1 Samuel 28:17 Therefore hath Yahweh done for him, as he spake by me,yea Yahweh hath rent the kingdom out of thy hand, and given it to a neighbour of thineto David. 1 Samuel 28:18 As thou didst not hearken unto the voice of Yahweh, neither didst execute the glow of his anger upon Amalek, therefore, this thing, hath Yahweh done unto thee this day; 1 Samuel 28:19 that Yahweh may deliver, Israel also, with thee, into the hand of the Philistines, and, tomorrow, thou and thy sons with thee are about to fall,the host of Israel also, will Yahweh deliver, into the hand of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 28:20 Then Saul hastened, and fell prostratethe whole length of himto the earth, and was sore afraid, at the words of Samuel, and indeed, no, strength, was left in him, for he had not eaten food all the day and all the night.
The woman with his servants refresh him with meat.
1 Samuel 28:21 And the woman came unto Saul, and, when she saw that he was greatly terrified, she said unto himLo! thy handmaid hearkened unto thy voice, and I put my life into my hand, and heard thy words which thou didst speak unto me. 1 Samuel 28:22 Now, therefore, I pray thee, hearken, thou also, unto the voice of thy handmaid, and let me set before thee a morsel of food, and eat thou,that there may be in thee strength, when thou goest on thy journey. 1 Samuel 28:23 But he refused, and saidI will not eat. But, when his servants, and the woman also, strongly urged him, then hearkened he unto their voice,and rose up from the earth, and sat on the bed. 1 Samuel 28:24 Now, the woman, had a calf fattening, in the shed. So she hastened, and sacrificed it,and took meal, and kneaded, and baked thereof, unleavened cakes; 1 Samuel 28:25 and brought near before Saul and before his servants, and they did eat. Then rose they up and departed, the same night.