In those days the Philistines gathered1 their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, "You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army."
David said, "Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do." Achish replied, "Very well, I will make you my bodyguard2 for life."
Now Samuel was dead,3 and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah.4 Saul had expelled5 the mediums and spiritists6 from the land.
The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem,7 while Saul gathered all the Israelites and set up camp at Gilboa.85
When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror9 filled his heart.
He inquired10 of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams11 or Urim12 or prophets.137
Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium,14 so I may go and inquire of her." "There is one in Endor,15" they said.
So Saul disguised16 himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. "Consult17 a spirit for me," he said, "and bring up for me the one I name."
But the woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off18 the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap19 for my life to bring about my death?"