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4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem : and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.

5 And when Saul saw the Host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his Heart greatly trembled.

6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD anfwered him not, neither by Dreams, nor by Urim, nor by Prophets.

i 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 En-dor. . 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? . 10 And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no Punishment happen to thee for this Thing.

1 Then said the Woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? and he said, Bring me up SAMUEL. “ 12 And when the Woman fiw Samuel, she cried with a loud Voice : and the Woman ipake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the King said unto her, Be not afraid : for what fawest thou? And the Woman said unto Saul, I saw Gods ascending out of the Earth.

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 MOR", neither by Prophets, nor by Dreams : therefore I have cal


led thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I fall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is DEPARTED from thee, and is become thine Enemy?

17 And the LORD hath done to him as he spake by me : for the Lord hath rent the Kingdom out of thine Hand, and given it to thy NEIGHBOUR, even to David:

18 Because thou OBEYEDST not the Voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce Wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this Thing unto thee this Day.

19 Moreover, the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee, into the Hand of the Philistines : and To-morrow fhalt thou and thy Sons be with me : the LORD also shall deliver the Host of Israel into the Hand of the Philiftines.

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the Earth, and was sore afraid, because of the Words of Samuel, and there was no STRENGTH in him : for he had eaten no Bread all the Day, nor all the Night.

21 And ihe 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 hearkned unto thy Words which thou spakest unto me.

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the Voice of thine Handmaid, and let me set a Morsel of Bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have Strength, when thou goest on thy way.

23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat : but his Sera vants together with the Woman, compelled him, and he hearkned unto their Voice : so he arose from the Earth, and fat upon the Bed.

24 And the Woman had a fat Calf in the House, and the hasted, and killed it, and took Flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened Bread thereof.

25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his Servants, and they did eat : then they rose up, and went away that Night.

CHA P. XXIX. 1 David marching with the Philiflines, 3 is disallowed by their Princes : 6 Aibijh disumisech him.


1 The Amalekites spoil Ziklag. 7 David encouraged by God

pursueth them, 11 and overtaketh them, and recovereth the Spoil : 26 Sendeth Presents.

CH A P. XXXI. i Saul having loft his Army, and his Sons being pain, he and

his Armour-bearer kill themselves. 8 The Philistines triumph over the dead Carcases.

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Ver. I N O W the Philistines fought against Israel : and

TV the Men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down Nain in Mount Gilboa.

2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul, and upon his Sons; and the Philistines flew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchifhua, Saul's Sons.

3 And the Battle went sore against Saul, and the Archers hit him, and he was fore wounded of the Archers.

4 Then said Saul unto his Armour-bearer, Draw thy Sword, and thrust me through therewith ; left these Uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his Armour-bearer would not; for he was fore afraid : therefore Saul took a Sword and fell upon it.

5 And when his Armour-hearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his Sword, and died with him.

6 So Saul died, and his three Sons, and his Armour-bearer, and all his Men that same Day together.

7 And when the Men of Israel that were on the other side of the Valley, and they that were on the other side of Jordan, saw that the Men of Israel Aed, and that Saul and his Sons were dead, they forsook the Cities and filed; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 And it came to pass on the Morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the Slain, that they found Saul and his three Sons fallen in Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut off his Head, and stripped off his Armour, and sent into the Land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the House of their Idols, and among the People.

Anthe Valley' the Men Forscok them. v, when

10 And they put his Armour in the House of Ashtaroth : and they fastned his Body to the Wall of Beth-shan.

11 And when the Inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul :

12 All the valiant Men arose, and went all Night, and took the Body of Saul, and the Bodies of his Sons from the Wall of Beth-fhan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their Bones and buried them under a Tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven Days,

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| C H A P. I. & The Amalekite bringing Tidings of the Overthrow, and ac

cusing himself of Saul's Death, is pain. 17 David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a Song.

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o w it came to pass after the Death of

Saul, when David was retumed from
N o the Slaughter of the Amalekites, and

David had abode two Days in Ziklag:

2 It came even to pass on the third

*** Day, that behold, a Man came out of the Camp from Saul, with his Cloaths rent, and Earth upon his Head : and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the Earth, and did Obeisance.

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