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 1 Samuel 28
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Saul and the Spirit Medium

1 Now it came about in those days that the R905 Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, "Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men." 2 David said to Achish, "Very well, you shall know what your servant can do." So Achish said to David, "Very well, I will make you my F312 bodyguard for R906 life."

3 Now Samuel R907 was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in R908 Ramah, his own city. And Saul had removed from the land those who were R909 mediums and spiritists. 4 So the Philistines gathered together and came and camped in R910 Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped in Gilboa. R911 5 When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 When R912 Saul inquired of the LORD, the R913 LORD did not answer him, either by dreams R914 or by Urim R915 or by prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there R916 is a woman who is a medium at En-dor." R917

8 Then Saul disguised R918 himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, "Conjure R919 up for me, please, and bring R920 up for me whom I shall name F313 to you." 9 But the woman said to him, "Behold, you know what R921 Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?" 10 Saul vowed to her by the LORD, saying, "As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing." 11 Then the woman said, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" And he said, "Bring up Samuel for me." 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul." 13 The king said to her, "Do not be afraid; but what do you see?" And the woman said to Saul, "I see a divine F314 being coming up out of the earth." 14 He said to her, "What is his form?" And she said, "An old man is coming up, and he R922 is wrapped with a robe." And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he R923 bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.

15 Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God R924 has departed from me and no R925 longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do." 16 Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary? 17 "The LORD has done accordingly F315 as R926 He spoke through me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David. 18 "As you R927 did not obey F316 the LORD and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so the LORD has done this thing to you this day. 19 "Moreover the LORD will also give over Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines, therefore tomorrow you R928 and your sons will be with me. Indeed the LORD will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!"

20 Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food F317 all day and all night. 21 The woman came to Saul and saw that he was terrified, and said to him, "Behold, your maidservant has obeyed F318 you, and I R929 have taken F319 my life in my hand and have listened to your words which you spoke to me. 22 "So now also, please listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a piece of bread before you that you may eat and have strength when you go on your way." 23 But he refused and said, "I R930 will not eat." However, R931 his servants together with the woman urged him, and he listened to them. F320 So he arose from the ground and sat on the R932 bed. 24 The woman had a fattened R933 calf in the house, and she quickly slaughtered it; and she took R934 flour, kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it. 25 She brought it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they arose and went away that night.

F312: Lit keeper of my head
F313: Lit say
F314: Or god
F315: Lit for himself
F316: Lit listen to the voice of
F317: Lit bread
F318: Lit listened to your voice
F319: Lit put
F320: Lit their voices

R905: 1 Samuel 29:1
R906: 1 Samuel 1:22,28
R907: 1 Samuel 25:1
R908: 1 Samuel 7:17
R909: Leviticus 19:31; 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10; 1 Samuel 15:23
R910: Joshua 19:18; 1 Samuel 28:4; 1 Kings 1:3; 2 Kings 4:8
R911: 1 Samuel 31:1
R912: 1 Chronicles 10:13,14
R913: 1 Samuel 14:37; Proverbs 1:24-31
R914: Numbers 12:6; Joel 2:28
R915: Exodus 28:30; Numbers 27:21
R916: Acts 16:16
R917: Joshua 17:11; Psalms 83:10
R918: 2 Chronicles 18:29; 35:22
R919: 1 Chronicles 10:13; Isaiah 8:19
R920: Deuteronomy 18:10,11
R921: 1 Samuel 28:3
R922: 1 Samuel 15:27
R923: 1 Samuel 24:8
R924: 1 Samuel 16:14; 18:12
R925: 1 Samuel 28:6
R926: 1 Samuel 15:28
R927: 1 Samuel 15:20,26; 1 Kings 20:42
R928: 1 Samuel 31:2; Job 1:3:17-19
R929: Judges 12:3; 1 Samuel 19:5; Job 1:13:14
R930: 1 Kings 21:4
R931: 2 Kings 5:13
R932: Esther 1:6; Ezekiel 23:41
R933: Genesis 18:7; Luke 15:23,27,30
R934: Genesis 18:6


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