28 In those days the Philistines gatheredz their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army.”
Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguarda for life.”
4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem,f while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa.g 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terrorh filled his heart. 6 He inquiredi of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreamsj or Urimk or prophets.l 7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium,m so I may go and inquire of her.”
“There is one in Endor,n” they said.
“Bring up Samuel,” he said.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me?s You are Saul!”
“An old man wearing a robeu is coming up,” she said.
Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departedv from me. He no longer answersw me, either by prophets or by dreams.x So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”
16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torny the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obeyz the Lord or carry out his fierce wratha against the Amalekites,b the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sonsc will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”
21 When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my lifed in my hands and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way.”
23 He refusede and said, “I will not eat.”
But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.
24 The woman had a fattened calff at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast. 25 Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.
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