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1 Samuel 28 - NIV

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.”

9 But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?”

10 Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.”

11 Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?”
“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? You are Saul!”

13 The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?”
The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure[a] coming up out of the earth.”

14 “What does he look like?” he asked.
“An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said.
Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

15 Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. 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 torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David.

18 Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, 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 sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.


a. 1 Samuel 28:13 Or see spirits; or see gods

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Bret Hammond avatar
Saul and the Witch of En-Dor
Shared by: Bret Hammond on Sep, 2016
Summary: There are a lot of strange stories in the Bible. But, like everything else, they are God-breathed and profitable (2 Timothy 3:16-17). What can we learn from the strange story of Saul and the witch of En-Dor?
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:1-20
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 97
William D. Brown avatar
1st Samuel 28:3-20 SAUL AND THE WITCH OF ENDOR
Shared by: William D. Brown on Apr, 2013
Summary: Was the spirit that was supposedly summoned up by the witch of Endor really the deceased Prophet Samuel, or was it a demon? There are many different opinions on the matter; my personal opinion is that it was a demon.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:3-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,630
Damian Phillips avatar
Saul and the Psychic Hotline
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Oct, 2012
Summary: Saul strayed from the Lord. When he did so, he began experimenting with the supernatural; and therefore, he was distant from God, and was going to experience death. The same can happen to us if we stray from God and mess with the ways of Satan.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:3-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,687
Howard Strickland avatar
The Art of Letting Go
Shared by: Howard Strickland on Aug, 2012
Summary: What happened to Saul? He did his own thing, he loved self-glorification, he became even more prideful and he thought he was the ultimate King. (Wasn’t about God)
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:6-8
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,222
Donnie De loney avatar
A Long Fall
Shared by: Donnie De loney on May, 2011
Summary: Story of Saul and his long fall including his death
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 818
Mike Fogerson avatar
Revoking the Anointing
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Aug, 2009
Summary: You can lose your anointing from God if you turn your back on Him.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:7-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,295
Joseph Smith avatar
Shared by: Joseph Smith on May, 2009
Summary: Panicked people do irrational things, like attempt to live in the past or to live out of bad religion. Panic can be dealt with only by trusting God and living in integrity. Luther’s Reformation is a prime illustration.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:3-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,970
Amy Bickel avatar
I See Dead People: God, the Bible, and Ghosts (Part 2)
Shared by: Amy Bickel on Nov, 2007
Summary: What are ghosts? Why would they speak to us? How can we tell whether they are ghosts or evil spirits?
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:5-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,350
Carl Willis avatar
What Should I Do?
Shared by: Carl Willis on Feb, 2007
Summary: Many times we move ahead of God or fall behind Him, because we do not listen and follow accordingly. This message looks at David’s inquiry of God’s will for his actions.
Jeff Simms avatar
Missing God's Will
Shared by: Jeff Simms on Jun, 2005
Summary: Can a believer really miss God’s will for their life?
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,074
Juan  Lane avatar
Who Are You Listening To
Shared by: Juan Lane on May, 2005
Summary: When we are in tight situations we need to make sure that we seek advice from the right sources.
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,875
E. Venn avatar
How Friendly Is Casper?
Shared by: E. Venn on Dec, 2003
Summary: 3 lessons about "friendly" ghosts from the Bible Lesson #1 Death is a dreamless "sleep", not a happy haunting ground. Lesson #2 Satan lies to destroy us! Lesson #3 Foundation for Satan’s slight of hand is the belief that we can commune with the decea
based on 25 ratings
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist
Views: 2,472
Charles Salmon avatar
When God Is Silent
Shared by: Charles Salmon on Nov, 2002
Summary: Lessons from Saul’s visit to the witch of Endor
based on 117 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:3-19
Views: 6,499
Sweep Adams avatar
Bread of death
Shared by: Sweep Adams on Oct, 2001
Summary: Deals with Saul and the witch of Endor
based on 78 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:1-15
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,402