When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror1 filled his heart.
He inquired2 of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams3 or Urim4 or prophets.57
Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium,6 so I may go and inquire of her." "There is one in Endor,7" they said.
So Saul disguised8 himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. "Consult9 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 off10 the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap11 for my life to bring about my death?"
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?12 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."1314
"What does he look like?" he asked. "An old man wearing a robe14 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 turned15 away from me. He no longer answers16 me, either by prophets or by dreams.17 So I have called on you to tell me what to do."