When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. (A)So Saul inquired of the Lord, but (B)the Lord did not answer him, either in (C)dreams, or by the (D)Urim, or by the prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Find for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, (E)there is a woman who is a medium at (F)En-dor.”

Then Saul (G)disguised himself by putting on different clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “(H)Consult the spirit for me, please, and (I)bring up for me the one whom I shall [a]name for you.” But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know (J)what Saul has done, that he has eliminated the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then setting a trap for my life, to bring about my death?” 10 So Saul swore an oath 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 But the king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a [b]divine being coming up from the earth.” 14 He said to her, “[c]How does he appear?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and (K)he is wrapped in a robe.” Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and (L)he bowed with his face to the ground and paid [d]homage.

15 And Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am very distressed, for the Philistines are waging war against me, and (M)God has abandoned me and (N)no longer answers me, either through prophets or in dreams; therefore I have called you, so that you may let me know what I should do.” 16 Samuel said, “But why ask me, since the Lord has abandoned you and has become your enemy? 17 And the Lord has done [e]just (O)as He spoke through me; for the Lord has torn the kingdom from your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David. 18 Just as (P)you did not [f]obey the Lord and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Furthermore, the Lord will also hand Israel along with you over to the Philistines; so tomorrow (Q)you and your sons will be with me. Indeed, the Lord will hand the army of Israel over to the Philistines!”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 28:8 Lit say
  2. 1 Samuel 28:13 Or god
  3. 1 Samuel 28:14 Lit What is his form
  4. 1 Samuel 28:14 I.e., great respect and honor to a superior
  5. 1 Samuel 28:17 Lit for Himself just; another reading is to you just
  6. 1 Samuel 28:18 Lit listen to the voice of