Saul swore to her by the LORD, "As surely as the LORD lives, you will not be punished for this."
Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" "Bring up Samuel," he said.
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me?1 You are Saul!"
The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?" The woman said, "I see a spirita coming up out of the ground."214
"What does he look like?" he asked. "An old man wearing a robe3 is coming up," she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" "I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned4 away from me. He no longer answers5 me, either by prophets or by dreams.6 So I have called on you to tell me what to do."
Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has turned away from you and become your enemy?
The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn7 the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors--to David.
Because you did not obey8 the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath9 against the Amalekites,10 the LORD has done this to you today.
The LORD will hand over both Israel and you to the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons11 will be with me. The LORD will also hand over the army of Israel to the Philistines."
Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel's words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and night.