1 Samuel 28:15-20

A. 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore (H3966) distressed;

B. 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.

C. 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:

D. 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,

C’.  therefore hath THE LORD done this thing unto thee this day.

B’.  19 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.

A’.  20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore (H3966) 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.

2 thoughts on “1 Samuel 28:15-20”

  1. Excellent work! I’ll add that 1 Samuel also says, when Samuel was summoned, that he’s “coming up out of the earth” (v13) and, when Saul eats bread, he’s described as “raising up from the earth” (v24). That weird wording for Saul is what alerted me to the chiasm.

    I’m this passage, the medium seems surprised, scared even, when she sees Samuel. That makes me wonder if she’s a fraud. That’d add an interesting layer to the story.

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