1 Samuel 28:1-9 NIV

Saul and the Witch of Endor

1 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."

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2 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."

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3 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.

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4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem,7 while Saul gathered all the Israelites and set up camp at Gilboa.8

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5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror9 filled his heart.

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6 He inquired10 of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams11 or Urim12 or prophets.13

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7 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.

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8 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."

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9 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?"

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