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And David said in his heart, Now shall I be one day delivered for death into the hands of Saul; and there is no good thing for me unless I should escape into the land of the Philistines, and Saul should cease from seeking me 1 through every coast of Israel: so I shall escape out of his hand. 2So David arose, and the six hundred men that were with him, and he went to Anchus son of Ammach king of Geth. 3And David dwelt with Anchus, he and his men, each with his family; and David and both his wives Achinaam the Jezraelitess, and Abigaia the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 4And it was told Saul that David had fled to Geth; and he no longer sought after him. 5And David said to Anchus, If now thy servant has found grace in thine eyes, let them give me, I pray thee, a place in one of the cities in the country, and I will dwell there: for why does thy servant dwell with thee in a 2 royal city? 6And he gave him Sekelac in that day: therefore Sekelac came into possession of the king of Judea to this day. 7And the number of the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was four months.

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8And David and his men went up, and made an attack on all the Gesirites and on the Amalekites: and behold, the land was inhabited, (even the land 3 from Gelampsur) by those who come from the fortified cities even to the land of Egypt. 9And he smote the land, and saved neither man nor woman alive; and they took flocks, and herds, and asses, and camels, and raiment; and they returned and came to Anchus. 10And Anchus said to David, On whom have ye made an attack today? And David said to Anchus, On the south of Judea, and on the south of Jesmega, and on the south of the Kenezite. 11And I have not saved man or woman alive to bring them to Geth, saying, Lest they carry a report to Geth against us, saying, These things David does. And this was his manner all the days that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines. 12So David had the full confidence of Anchus, 4 who said He is thoroughly disgraced among His people in Israel, and he shall be my servant for ever.

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And it came to pass in those days that the Philistines gathered themselves together with their armies to go out to fight with Israel; and Anchus said to David, 5 Know surely, that thou shalt go forth to battle with me thou, and thy men. 2And David said to Anchus, Thus now thou shalt know what thy servant will do. And Anchus said to David, So will I make thee captain of my body-guard continually.

3And Samuel died, and all Israel lamented for him and they bury him in his city, in Armathaim. And Saul had removed those who had in them divining spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. 4And the Philistines assemble themselves, and come and encamp in Sonam: and Saul gathers all the men of Israel, and they, encamp in Gelbue. 5And Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, and he was alarmed, and his heart was greatly dismayed. 6And Saul enquired of the Lord; and the Lord answered him not by dreams, nor by manifestations, nor by prophets.

7Then Saul said to his servants, Seek for me a woman who has in her a divining spirit, and I will go to her, and enquire of her: and his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman who has in her a divining spirit at Aendor.

8And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment and he goes, and two men with him, and they come to the woman by night and he said to her, Divine to me, I pray thee by the divining spirit within thee, and bring up to me him whom I shall name to thee. 9And the woman said to him, Behold now, thou knowest what Saul has done, how he has cut off 6 those who had in them divining spirits, and the wizards from the, land, and why dost thou spread a snare for my life to destroy it? 10And Saul swore to her, and said, As the Lord lives, 7 no injury shall come upon thee on this account. 11And the woman said, Whom shall I bring up to thee? and he said, Bring up to me Samuel.

12And the woman saw Samuel, and cried

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out with a loud voice: and the woman said to Saul, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. 13And the king said to her; Fear not; tell me whom thou hast seen. And the woman said to him, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. 14And he said to her, What didst thou perceive? and she said to him, An upright man ascending out of the earth, and he was clothed with a mantle. And Saul knew that this was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the earth, and did obeisance to him.

15And Samuel said, Why hast thou troubled me, that I should come up? And Saul said, I am greatly distressed, and the Philistines war against me, and God has departed from me, and no longer 8 hearkens to me either by the hand of prophets or by dreams and now I have called thee to tell me what I shall do. 16And Samuel said Why askest thou me, whereas the Lord has departed from thee, and taken part with thy neighhour? 17And the Lord has done to thee, as the Lord spoke by 9 me; and the Lord will rend thy kingdom out of thy hand and will give it to thy neighbour David, 18because thou didst not hearken to the voice of the Lord, and didst not execute his fierce anger upon Amalec, therefore the Lord has done this thing to thee this day. 19And the Lord shall deliver Israel with thee into the hands of the Philistines, and to-morrow thou and thy sons with thee shall fall, and the Lord shall deliver the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.

20And Saul 10 instantly, fell at his full length upon the earth, and was greatly afraid because of the words of Samuel; and there was no longer any strength in him, for he 11 had eaten no bread all that day, and all that night. 21And the woman went in to Saul, and saw that he was greatly 12 disquieted, and said to him, Behold now, thine handmaid has hearkened to thy voice and I have put my life in my hand, and have 13 heard the words which thou hast spoken to me. 22And now hearken I pray thee, to the voice of thine handmaid and I will set before thee a morsel of bread, and eat, and thou shalt be strengthened, for thou wilt be going on thy way. 23But he would not eat; so his servants and the woman constrained him, and he hearkened to their voice,. and rose up from the earth, and sat upon a bench. 24And the woman had a fat heifer in the house and she hasted and slew it; and she took meal and kneaded it, and baked unleavened cakes. 25And she brought the meat before Saul, and before his servants and they ate, and rose, up, and departed that night.


1 Gr. into.

2 Gr. city reigned over.

3 The LXX. have rendered hrwS. . . lwcm of old to Shur, by p Gelamyor.

4 Gr. saying.

5 Gr. thou shalt know surely.

6 Or, ventriloquists.

7 Gr. if injury.

8 Gr. has hearkened.

9 Gr. my hand.

10 Gr. hasted and fell standing or at his full length; as the Hebrew.

11 Gr. ate.

12 Lit. hasted. q.d. trepidavit.

13 i.e. obeyed.

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