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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: 1 Samuel 28

Chapter 28

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.

that the

7:7 13:5 17:1 29:1


Judges 3:1-4

thou shalt go

27:12 29:2,3

And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.


27:10 2 Samuel 16:16-19 Romans 12:9

Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.


25:1 Isaiah 57:1,2

put away

9 Exodus 22:18 Leviticus 19:31 20:6,27 Deuteronomy 18:10,11 Acts 16:16-19

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


Joshua 19:18 2 Kings 4:8


31:1 2 Samuel 1:6,21 21:12

And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

he was afraid

Job 15:21 18:11 Psalms 48:5,6 73:19 Proverbs 10:24 Isaiah 7:2 21:3,4 Isaiah 57:20,21 Daniel 5:6

And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.


14:37 1 Chronicles 10:14 Pr 1:,27,28; Lamentations 2:9 Ezekiel 20:1-3 John 9:31 James 4:3

by dreams

Genesis 28:12-15 46:2-4 Numbers 12:6 Job 33:14-16 Jeremiah 23:28 Matthew 1:20

by Urim

Exodus 28:20 Numbers 27:21 Deuteronomy 33:8

by prophets

Psalms 74:9 Lamentations 2:9 Ezekiel 20:3

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.

Seek me

2 Kings 1:2,3 6:33 Isaiah 8:19,20 Lamentations 3:25,26 Habakkuk 2:3

a familiar spirit

3 Deuteronomy 18:11 Isaiah 19:3 Acts 16:16

that I may

Leviticus 19:31 1 Chronicles 10:13 Isaiah 8:19


En-dor, a city of Manasseh, was situated in the plain of Jezreel; and Eusebius and Jerome inform us, that it was a great town in their days, four miles south from Mount Tabor, near Nain, towards Scythopolis. This agrees with Maundrell, who says, that not many miles eastward of Tabor, you see mount Hermon, at the foot of which is seated Nain and Endor; and Burckhardt says, that in two hours and a half from Nazareth, towards Scythopolis or Bisan, they came to the village of Denouny, near which are the ruins of Endor; where the witch's grotto is shewn.

Joshua 17:11 Psalms 83:10

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.


1 Kings 14:2,3 22:30,34 Job 24:13-15 Jeremiah 23:24 John 3:19

I pray thee

Deuteronomy 18:11 1 Chronicles 10:13 Isaiah 8:19

bring me

Verse 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?

how he hath


2 Samuel 18:13 2 Kings 5:7

And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.


14:39 19:6 Genesis 3:5 Exodus 20:7 Deuteronomy 18:10-12 2 Samuel 14:11 Matthew 26:72 Mark 6:23

And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

thou art Saul

3 1 Kings 14:5

And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

gods ascending

Exodus 4:16 22:28 Psalms 82:6,7 John 10:34,35

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.

What form is he of? Heb

What is his form? a mantle.

15:27 2 Kings 2:8,13,14

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.

Why hast


I am sore

Proverbs 5:11-13 14:14 Jeremiah 2:17,18

the Philistines


16:13,14 18:12 Judges 16:20 Psalms 51:11 Hosea 9:12 Matthew 25:41


6 23:2,4,9,10


Heb. the hand of prophets. therefore.

Luke 16:23-26

Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?


Judges 5:31 2 Kings 6:27 Psalms 68:1-3 Revelation 18:20,24 19:1-6

and is become

Lamentations 2:5

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:

to him

or, for himself. The LXX. read [soi] and the Vulgate tibi, to thee; which is the reading of five of Dr. Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS., as well as both the Bibles printed at Venice in 1518, where we read lecha, "to thee," for lo, "to him;" and as the words are spoken to Saul, this seems to be evidently the correct reading.

Proverbs 16:4

as he spake

13:13,14 15:27-29


Heb. mine hand. thy neighbour.

15:28 16:13 24:20

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.


13:9 15:9,23-26 1 Kings 20:42 1 Chronicles 10:13 Jeremiah 48:10

hath the Lord

Psalms 50:21,22

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.

the Lord

12:25 31:1-6 1 Kings 22:20,28

and to-morrow

There is considerable diversity of opinion, both among learned and pious men, relative to this appearance to Saul. But the most probable opinion seems to be, that Samuel himself did actually appear to Saul, not by the power of enchantment, but by the appointment and especial mercy of God, to warn this infatuated monarch of his approaching end, that he might be reconciled with his Maker. There is not the smallest intimation of chicanery or Satanic influence given in the text; but on the contrary, from the plain and obvious meaning of the language employed, it is perfectly evident that it was Samuel himself, Shemooel hoo, as it is expressed in ver. 14. Indeed the very soul of Samuel seems to breathe in his expressions of displeasure against the disobedience and wickedness of Saul; while the awful prophetic denunciations which accordingly came to pass, were such as neither human nor diabolical wisdom could foresee, and which could only be known to God himself, and to those to whom he chose to reveal them.

Exodus 9:18 Jeremiah 28:16,17 Daniel 5:25-28 Matthew 26:24 Acts 5:5,9,10

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.

fell straightway

Heb. made haste and fell with the fullness of his stature. sore afraid.

5 25:37 Job 15:20-24 26:2 Psalms 50:21,22

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.

I have put

19:5 Judges 12:3 Job 13:14

But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

I will

1 Kings 21:4 Proverbs 25:20

compelled him

2 Kings 4:8 Luke 14:23 24:29 Acts 16:15 2 Corinthians 5:14

And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:

a fat calf

Genesis 18:7,8 Luke 15:23

And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.