1 Samuel 28:16
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New International Version
Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?

New Living Translation
But Samuel replied, "Why ask me, since the LORD has left you and has become your enemy?

English Standard Version
And Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy?

New American Standard Bible
Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary?

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

Christian Standard Bible
Samuel answered, "Since the LORD has turned away from you and has become your enemy, why are you asking me?

Contemporary English Version
Samuel said: If the LORD has turned away from you and is now your enemy, don't ask me what to do.

Good News Translation
Samuel said, "Why do you call me when the LORD has abandoned you and become your enemy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samuel answered, "Since the LORD has turned away from you and has become your enemy, why are you asking me?

International Standard Version
Samuel said, "Why do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?

NET Bible
Samuel said, "Why are you asking me, now that the LORD has turned away from you and has become your enemy?

New Heart English Bible
Samuel said, "Why then do you ask of me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Samuel said, "Why are you asking me when the LORD has turned against you and become your enemy?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samuel said: 'Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine adversary?

New American Standard 1977
And Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Samuel said, Why then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thy enemy?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Samuel, Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD has departed from you, and has become your enemy?

American King James Version
Then said Samuel, Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from you, and is become your enemy?

American Standard Version
And Samuel said, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing Jehovah is departed from thee, and is become thine adversary?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said: Why askest thou me, seeing the Lord has departed from thee, and is gone over to thy rival:

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said, Why then dost thou inquire of me, seeing Jehovah is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

English Revised Version
And Samuel said, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine adversary?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Samuel, Why then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD hath departed from thee, and hath become thy enemy?

World English Bible
Samuel said, "Why then do you ask of me, since Yahweh has departed from you and has become your adversary?

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel saith, 'And why dost thou ask me, and Jehovah hath turned aside from thee, and is thine enemy?
Study Bible
Saul and the Medium of Endor
15Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do." 16Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has departed from you and has become your adversary? 17"The LORD has done accordingly as He spoke through me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 28:15
Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do."

1 Samuel 28:17
"The LORD has done accordingly as He spoke through me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Samuel, Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from you, and is become your enemy?

Wherefore

Judges 5:31 So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him …

2 Kings 6:27 And he said, If the LORD do not help you, from where shall I help …

Psalm 68:1-3 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate …

Revelation 18:20,24 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

Revelation 19:1-6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

and is become

Lamentations 2:5 The LORD was as an enemy: he has swallowed up Israel, he has swallowed …

(16) Seeing the Lord is departed from thee.--In other words, If Jehovah have left thee, why comest thou to consult me, His servant and prophet? The Hebrew word here translated "enemy" is only found in Psalm 139:20 and has been assumed to be an Aramaic form--ain for tsadde. There are, however, no other Aramaic forms in this book, which is written in pure "classical" Hebrew. The letter ain, or the first letter in the text here, through a very slight error of the copyist, could easily have been altered from tsadde, the first letter of the usual word for "enemy." The LXX. and Vulg. Versions apparently had another reading before them, for they translate the last clause of the verse, "and is with thy neighbours."

Then said Samuel, wherefore then dost thou, ask of me,.... Whom thou knowest to have been a prophet of the Lord, and therefore can say nothing more or less than what comes from him, and is according to his will, if anything at all; the "devil" representing Samuel, whom Saul had called for, and reasons in such language as might be thought to be his own, though sometimes he betrays himself:

seeing the Lord is departed from thee; as Saul himself owned: to which he adds:

and is become thine enemy; to make his case appear still more desperate; for his whole view is to lead him to despair, which shows what sort of spirit he was: though some understand this as spoken of David, and read the words, and "he is with thine enemy" (i); is on his side, and favours his cause; so the Targum,"and he is for the help of a man, whose enmity thou sharest in;''or who is at enmity with thee, meaning David; but now the true Samuel would never have said this, or suggested it, that David was an enemy to Saul, for he was not.

(i) "et est cum inimico tuo", Pagninus, Vatablus; so V. L. 28:7-19 When we go from the plain path of duty, every thing draws us further aside, and increases our perplexity and temptation. Saul desires the woman to bring one from the dead, with whom he wished to speak; this was expressly forbidden, De 18:11. All real or pretended witchcraft or conjuration, is a malicious or an ignorant attempt to gain knowledge or help from some creature, when it cannot be had from the Lord in the path of duty. While Samuel was living, we never read of Saul's going to advise with him in any difficulties; it had been well for him if he had. But now he is dead, Bring me up Samuel. Many who despise and persecute God's saints and ministers when living, would be glad to have them again, when they are gone. The whole shows that it was no human fraud or trick. Though the woman could not cause Samuel's being sent, yet Saul's inquiry might be the occasion of it. The woman's surprise and terror proved that it was an unusual and unexpected appearance. Saul had despised Samuel's solemn warnings in his lifetime, yet now that he hoped, as in defiance of God, to obtain some counsel and encouragement from him, might not God permit the soul of his departed prophet to appear to Saul, to confirm his former sentence, and denounce his doom? The expression, Thou and thy sons shall be with me, means no more than that they shall be in the eternal world. There appears much solemnity in God's permitting the soul of a departed prophet to come as a witness from heaven, to confirm the word he had spoken on earth.
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