1 Samuel Chapter 28
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1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 Bible commentary...
Achish puts confidence in David, Saul's fear. (1-6) Saul consults a witch at Endor. (7-19) Saul's terror. (20-25)1-6 David could not refuse Achish without danger. If he promised assistance, and then stood neuter, or went over to the Israelites, he would behave with ingratitude and treachery. If he fought against Israel, he would sin greatly. It seemed impossible that he should get out of this difficulty with a clear conscience; but his evasive answer, intended to gain time, was not consistent with the character of an Israelite indeed. Troubles are terrors to the children of disobedience. In his distress, Saul inquired of the Lord. He did not seek in faith, but with a double, unstable mind. Saul had put the law in force against those that had familiar spirits, #Ex 22:18|. Many seem zealous against, sin, when they are any way hurt by it, who have no concern for the glory of God, nor any dislike of sin as sin. Many seem enemies to sin in others, while they indulge it in themselves. Saul will drive the devil out of his kingdom, yet harbours him in his heart by envy and malice. How foolish to consult those whom, according to God's law, he had endeavoured to root out!
7-19 When we go from the plain path of duty, every thing draws us further aside, and increases our perplexity and temptation. Saul desires the woman to bring one from the dead, with whom he wished to speak; this was expressly forbidden, #De 18:11|. All real or pretended witchcraft or conjuration, is a malicious or an ignorant attempt to gain knowledge or help from some creature, when it cannot be had from the Lord in the path of duty. While Samuel was living, we never read of Saul's going to advise with him in any difficulties; it had been well for him if he had. But now he is dead, "Bring me up Samuel." Many who despise and persecute God's saints and ministers when living, would be glad to have them again, when they are gone. The whole shows that it was no human fraud or trick. Though the woman could not cause Samuel's being sent, yet Saul's inquiry might be the occasion of it. The woman's surprise and terror proved that it was an unusual and unexpected appearance. Saul had despised Samuel's solemn warnings in his lifetime, yet now that he hoped, as in defiance of God, to obtain some counsel and encouragement from him, might not God permit the soul of his departed prophet to appear to Saul, to confirm his former sentence, and denounce his doom? The expression, "Thou and thy sons shall be with me," means no more than that they shall be in the eternal world. There appears much solemnity in God's permitting the soul of a departed prophet to come as a witness from heaven, to confirm the word he had spoken on earth.
20-25 Those that expect any good counsel or comfort, otherwise than from God, and in the way of his institutions, will be as wretchedly disappointed as Saul. Though terrified even to despair, he was not humbled. He confessed not his sins, offered no sacrifices, and presented no supplications. He does not seem to have cared about his sons or his people, or to have attempted any escape; but in sullen despair he rushed upon his doom. God sets up a few such beacons, to warn men not to stifle convictions, or despise his word. But while one repenting thought remains, let no sinner suppose himself in this case. Let him humble himself before God, determined to live and die beseeching his favour, and he will succeed.
Rhonda Sands's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment about verse 7 on 6/04/2013, 12:33pm...
requesting more in detail/ information on verses 28; 6-13.And more information on owls and what GODs word says of it.
Clint's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 5/24/2013, 11:22am...
samuel told saul that he and his sons would be with him ( in abrahams bosom ) where all people went until Christ opened the way to heaven by His death and resurrection and after He preached the gospel to them, prisoners ( the people ) there in abrahams bosom .
Dalbut Pelfrey William's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 4/27/2013, 12:25am...
I think that God have sent Saul. Samuel, resting in peace, have came up with the permission of God.
Millie's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 4/18/2013, 10:28am...
My understanding of these verses are as follows; we already know that Satan is known as the deceiver, he lies to obtain what he wants. Here we see that the woman with the familiar spirit see gods and an old man ascending from the ground. There is nothing from God living bellow the ground. our God sits in heavenly places; therefore these gods are more likely demons. The woman also told Saul that God was his enemy. God didn't say he was his enemy, he rejected Saul as a king due to his disobedience however he never rejected him as a person. Remember that the devil has been given certain amount of power and he uses wisely. When Saul go to Satan's alley (the house of the woman with familiar spirit} it is to expect that the devil will take charge and give you what he wants to bring more depression and trouble spirits, This was not Samuel people die and then is the judgment they can not come back.
Eduardo's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 4/03/2013, 1:27pm...
A BIBLIA DIZ,QUE DEUS NÃO É DEUS DE MORTOS NO ENTANTO QUEM FALOU NA BOCA DA MULHER FOI O DEMONIO POR MEIO DA MEDIUNIDADE,ISTO É O DIABO ELE ENCORPOROU NA MULHER E USOU A SUA BOCA COMO USOU A SERPENTE PARA ENGANAR EVA.
Faye's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 1/18/2013, 2:21am...
My opinion is, Samuel died, and the next day Saul and his Sons died also. They all went to a place of Rest. The spirit said, you and your Sons will be with me this day.
Clint's 1 Samuel Chapter 28 comment on 11/26/2012, 8:47pm...
The woman was surprised she brought up Samuel, God allowed her to bring Samuel up to announce what would happen the next day to Saul. Saul and Jonathan going to be with Samuel next day is God telling Saul that he will in Abraham’s bosom until Christ came and preached the gospel to the prisoners. Whether or not Saul is in heaven or hell we cannot say! Samuel was not Satan or a demon, Saul recognized Samuel!
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