1 Samuel 28
it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And
Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
2And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And
Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.
3Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city.
And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.
4And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem:
and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.
5And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.
6And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams,
nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
7Then said Saul
unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants
said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
8And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they
came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall
name unto thee.
9And the woman said unto him,
Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the
land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
10And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to
thee for this thing.
11Then said the woman,
Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
12And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying,
Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the
14And he said unto her, What form is
he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he
stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines
make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore
I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
16Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and
is become thine enemy?
17And the LORD hath
done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even
18Because thou obeyedst not the
voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.
19Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel
with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver
the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength
in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.
21And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine
handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto
22Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken
thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength,
when thou goest on thy way.
23But he refused,
and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So
he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.
the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened
25And she brought it before
Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.