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Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - 1 Samuel 28:15-25

The Answer Received by Saul v. 15. And Samuel, the apparition of the evil spirit which had the form of Samuel, said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed, in great straits; 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, have caused thee to be called, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. There was a... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

FOURTH SECTIONSaul’s Downfall in War with the Philistines1 Samuel 28-31I. David in the Philistine Expedition against Israel. Saul’s Visit to the Witch of Endor1 Samuel 28:1-251And it came to pass in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies1 together for warfare,2 to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly that thou shalt go out with me to battle [in the army],1 thou and 2thy men. And David said to Achish, Surely [Therefore] thou3 shalt know what thy... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - 1 Samuel 28:15-25

Listening to His Own Doom 1 Samuel 28:15-25 That there should be an apparition of Samuel occasions no difficulty, for as Moses and Elijah were permitted to speak with our Lord of the “decease” to be accomplished at Jerusalem, so God may have specially permitted the prophet to speak with Saul. We may believe that these sentences passed between them, without any aid on the part of the medium. From the lips of the prophet came no words of comfort nor hope. Nothing could avert the descending... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

It is strange how this story has been made to serve in defense of things occult, which, as a matter of fact, it condemns. Let it be carefully read, and it becomes perfectly patent that this woman had nothing to do with bringing up Samuel. Still practicing her black art, and that in secret, because of the king's edict against all of her class, she commenced, on the occasion of Saul's visit, to practice the deceptions with which she was familiar. When in response to her incantations, as it... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 28:3-19

Saul Consults A Necromancer And Samuel Appears To Him (1 Samuel 28:3-19 ). Having been unable to obtain any response from God, Saul, in desperation, determined to turn to a necromancer. It would, however, only be in order to receive bad news. For Samuel’s message to him would be that his case was hopeless. Thus instead of receiving help he would learn of coming failure and death. It is a reminder that those who treat God lightly can be sure that one day they will reap what they have sown, and... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 28:2-25

1 Samuel 28:2 is continued by 1 Samuel 29:1; the connexion is broken by the insertion of— 1 Samuel 28:3-Lamentations : . Saul and the Witch of Endor.— This section interrupts the connexion; moreover, it would come naturally immediately before the battle of Gilboa. Saul is at Gilboa (p. 29) in 284. Opinions are divided; some hold that this section is from another source (E) than the bulk of 1 Samuel 25-31, and some that it is from the same source (J), that originally it stood in that document... read more

Joseph Exell

Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

CRITICAL AND EXPOSITORY NOTES—1 Samuel 28:1. “Know thou assuredly.” Some expositors regard these words of Achish as designed to try David: others think they express the entire confidence which the king placed in him.1 Samuel 28:2. “Surely thou shalt know,” or Assuredly, or Therefore thou shalt know. Evidently David found himself in a dilemma and gives an ambiguous answer. “Keeper of mine head,” i.e., “captain of my body-guard—an office of great trust and high honour.” (Jamieson.) The narrative... read more

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

Chapter 28So it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, Know assuredly, that you shall go out to battle with me, you and your men. So David said to Achish, And you shall know what your servant can do. Achish said to David, Therefore I will make you the keeper of my head for ever. [In other words, sort of putting David over as his personal bodyguard and all.] Now Samuel was dead, and Israel had... read more

Joseph Sutcliffe

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

1 Samuel 28:4 . Shunem, in the tribe of Issachar, not far from mount Hermon. 1 Samuel 28:7 . A woman that hath a familiar spirit: a mistress of OB. See Deuteronomy 18:11. The LXX read pythoness, a word often used by Herodotus for the Sybils or priestesses of heathen temples. It was understood that she was familiar with an evil genius, but an evil genius that certainly had no power over Samuel. The African negroes in the West Indies still preserve the Hebrew word, and affect to... read more

Joseph Exell

The Biblical Illustrator - 1 Samuel 28:1-25

1 Samuel 28:1-25The Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. Night preceding battleAs the flash of lightning reveals the hidden scenery around, so the reception of momentous news suddenly reveals character. Two such events we trace--the news of the terrible defeat brought to Saul, and the news of Saul’s death brought to David. Leading his people to meet the Philistines, at whose number he is astonished and affrighted, we come upon Saul as his army is... read more

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