1 Samuel 28:6

6 He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

1 Samuel 28:6 in Other Translations

6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.
6 He asked the LORD what he should do, but the LORD refused to answer him, either by dreams or by sacred lots or by the prophets.
6 Saul prayed to God, but God didn't answer - neither by dream nor by sign nor by prophet.
6 He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets.

1 Samuel 28:6 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 28:6

And when Saul inquired of the Lord
And this being not done truly and heartily, nor continued in, it was as if he had not inquired, and especially after he had inquired of one that had a familiar spirit, as Kimchi observes; for so it is said, ( 1 Chronicles 10:14 ) ;

the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams;
which he dreamed himself, from whence he could not conclude anything relating to the will of God; so the Targum,

``the Lord did not receive his prayer even by dreams;''

or by dreamers, diviners, who pretended to give answers by dreams:

nor by Urim;
there being no priest to consult in this way, Abiathar having fled with the ephod, in which were the Urim and Thummim, to David, ( 1 Samuel 23:9 ) ; though some think that he sent to Abiathar, who was with David, to inquire for him; and others that he made another ephod with Urim, and appointed another priest to consult by them; neither of which are probable:

nor by prophets;
of which there was a school not far from him, even at Naioth in Ramah, of which Samuel in his lifetime was president; but neither by the one nor the other could Saul get an answer from God, who for his sins had departed from him.

1 Samuel 28:6 In-Context

4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa.
5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart.
6 He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.
7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.” “There is one in Endor,” they said.
8 So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.”

Cross References 4

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 8:18; 1 Samuel 14:37; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14; Proverbs 1:28
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 13:3; Numbers 12:6
  • 3. S Exodus 28:30; S Leviticus 8:8; Numbers 27:21
  • 4. Ezekiel 20:3; Amos 8:11; Micah 3:7
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