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1 Samuel 28:16

16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?

Read 1 Samuel 28:16 Using Other Translations

Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
And Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy?
But Samuel replied, “Why ask me, since the LORD has left you and has become your enemy?

What does 1 Samuel 28:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 28:16

Then said Samuel, wherefore then dost thou, ask of me
Whom thou knowest to have been a prophet of the Lord, and therefore can say nothing more or less than what comes from him, and is according to his will, if anything at all; the "devil" representing Samuel, whom Saul had called for, and reasons in such language as might be thought to be his own, though sometimes he betrays himself:

seeing the Lord is departed from thee;
as Saul himself owned: to which he adds,

and is become thine enemy;
to make his case appear still more desperate; for his whole view is to lead him to despair, which shows what sort of spirit he was: though some understand this as spoken of David, and read the words, and "he is with thine enemy" F9; is on his side, and favours his cause; so the Targum,

``and he is for the help of a man, whose enmity thou sharest in;''

or who is at enmity with thee, meaning David; but now the true Samuel would never have said this, or suggested it, that David was an enemy to Saul, for he was not.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (Kre yhyw) "et est cum inimico tuo", Pagninus, Vatablus; so V. L.
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