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1 Samuel 28

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 1 It came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. Achish said to David, "You know for certain that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men."

 2 David said to Achish, "Surely you will know what your servant can do." And Achish said to David, "Therefore will I make you keeper of my palace guard forever."

 3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away out of the land those who had familiar spirits and were the wizards.

 4 The Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and encamped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they encamped in Gilboa.

 5 When Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

 6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

 7 Then said Saul to his servants, "Find me a woman who has a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman who has a familiar spirit at Endor."

 8 And Saul disguised himself and put on other clothing, and he went with two men; and they went to the witch of Endor at night, where Saul said to her, "I beg of you, divine to me by the familiar spirit, and bring the one up, whom I shall name to you."

 9 And the woman said to him, "Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has killed those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land; why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"

 10 And Saul swore to her by the LORD, saying, "As the LORD lives, there shall no punishment to you for doing this thing."

 11 Then said the woman, "Whom shall I bring up to you?" And he said, "Bring up Samuel for me."

 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul."

 13 And the king said to her, "Do not be afraid. What did you see?" And the woman said to Saul, "I saw gods ascending out of the earth."

 14 And he said to her, "What form is he?: And she said, "An old man comes up; and he is covered with a mantle." Saul realized that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself."

 15 And Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me, to bring me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me, and does not answer me any more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do."

 16 Then Samuel said, "Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD has departed from you, and has become your enemy?

 17 The LORD has done for David, just as he spoke by me, evidenced by the LORD having torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, even to David.

 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD, nor did you execute the Lord's fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day.

 19 In addition the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me [in the place of the dead]. The LORD also will deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

 20 Then Saul fell prostrate along the earth, and he was greatly afraid because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him for he had eaten no bread all that day and night.

 21 And the woman came to Saul, and saw that he was sorely troubled, and said to him, "Behold, your handmaid has obeyed your voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have listened to your words that you spoke to me.

 22 Now therefore, I pray you, listen you also to the voice of your handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before you; and eat, that you may have strength, when you go on your way."

 23 But he refused, and said, "I will not eat." But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he listened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

 24 And the woman had a fattened calf in the house; and she quickly killed it, and took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread with it.

 25 And she brought it to Saul and his servants. They ate, and then they rose up to depart that night.


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