And Saul asked counsel of God
He agreed to the motion of the high priest, and asked counsel by Urim and Thummim; the Targum is, as before,
``inquired by the Word of the Lord:''shall I go down after the Philistines?
pursue after them in their flight to their own country, which, lying to the sea, was a descent:
wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?
what remain of them, otherwise a victory over them was obtained:
but he answered him not that day;
no answer was returned by Urim and Thummim, so that he was left in suspense whether he should pursue or no; the Targum is,
``he received not his prayer that day;''this was treating him in a righteous manner; since he would not stay for an answer from the Lord, ( 1 Samuel 14:19 ) , the Lord now will not give him any; though the principal view was, that he might take the step he did.