1 Samuel 28:6
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New International Version
He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

New Living Translation
He asked the LORD what he should do, but the LORD refused to answer him, either by dreams or by sacred lots or by the prophets.

English Standard Version
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.

New American Standard Bible
When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.

King James Bible
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets.

International Standard Version
Saul inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him, either through dreams or Urim or through prophets.

NET Bible
So Saul inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him--not by dreams nor by Urim nor by the prophets.

New Heart English Bible
When Saul inquired of the LORD, The LORD did not answer him, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He prayed to the LORD, but the LORD didn't answer him through dreams, the Urim, or prophets.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

New American Standard 1977
When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul enquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams nor by Urim nor by prophets.

King James 2000 Bible
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

American King James Version
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

American Standard Version
And when Saul inquired of Jehovah, Jehovah answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he consulted the Lord, and he answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by priests, nor by prophets.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul inquired of Jehovah; but Jehovah did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.

English Revised Version
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

World English Bible
When Saul inquired of Yahweh, Yahweh didn't answer him, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

Young's Literal Translation
and Saul asketh at Jehovah, and Jehovah hath not answered him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.
Study Bible
Philistines Gather against Israel
5When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. 7Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor."…
Cross References
Exodus 28:30
"You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron's heart when he goes in before the LORD; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually.

Leviticus 8:8
He then placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim.

Numbers 12:6
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.

Numbers 27:21
"Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation."

1 Samuel 14:37
Saul inquired of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?" But He did not answer him on that day.

1 Samuel 28:5
When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly.

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."

2 Samuel 22:42
"They looked, but there was none to save; Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

1 Chronicles 10:13
So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it,

1 Chronicles 10:14
and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.
Treasury of Scripture

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

enquired

1 Samuel 14:37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? …

1 Chronicles 10:14 And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the …

Proverbs 1:27,28 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as …

Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her …

Ezekiel 20:1-3 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

by dreams

Genesis 28:12-15 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the …

Genesis 46:2-4 And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, …

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Job 33:14-16 For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not…

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …

by Urim

Exodus 28:20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall …

Numbers 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel …

Deuteronomy 33:8 And of Levi he said, Let your Thummim and your Urim be with your …

by prophets

Psalm 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there …

Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her …

Ezekiel 20:3 Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, Thus …

(6) And when Saul enquired of the Lord.----The question has been asked, How was the enquiry made? for since the massacre at Nob, the high priest, or, at least, the priest in possession of the sacred ephod and the breastplate, with the Urim and Thummim, was, we know, in the camp of David, and we shall soon hear of a solemn use being made of the sacred gems. (See 1Samuel 30:7-8.) It has been suggested by eminent Biblical scholars that after the murder of Ahimelech and the flight of Abiathar to David, Saul removed the national Sanctuary from desecrated Nob, and established it at Gibeon, where, during the first year of David's reign, we find the Tabernacle, with Zadok, son of Ahitub, of the house of Eleazar, acting as high priest--probably placed in that office by Saul. This would account for the frequent reference in the time of David to two high priests, Zadok and Abiathar: Zadok, the high priest appointed by Saul, for a considerable period alone in charge of the Tabernacle; and Abiathar, who fled from Nob with the ephod and the sacred Urim, acknowledged by David as high priest, when the kingdom was restored eventually under one head. These two seemed to have divided the honours and responsibilities of the high priesthood. (See 2Samuel 8:17; 2Samuel 15:24; 2Samuel 15:29; 2Samuel 15:35; 1Chronicles 15:11; 1Chronicles 18:16.)

This Zadok, we may assume, "enquired" for Saul:some suppose by means of an ephod made in imitation of the ancient breastplate with the Urim in possession of Abiathar; but, as may be readily imagined, no response was received. It is also likely enough that some "prophets"--so called--trained, not improbably, in the school of Samuel, were present with Saul. These, too, of course, received no Divine message, either by voice or in dreams.

And when Saul inquired of the Lord,.... And this being not done truly and heartily, nor continued in, it was as if he had not inquired, and especially after he had inquired of one that had a familiar spirit, as Kimchi observes; for so it is said, 1 Chronicles 10:14,

the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams; which he dreamed himself, from whence he could not conclude anything relating to the will of God; so the Targum,"the Lord did not receive his prayer even by dreams;''or by dreamers, diviners, who pretended to give answers by dreams:

nor by Urim; there being no priest to consult in this way, Abiathar having fled with the ephod, in which were the Urim and Thummim, to David, 1 Samuel 23:9; though some think that he sent to Abiathar, who was with David, to inquire for him; and others that he made another ephod with Urim, and appointed another priest to consult by them; neither of which are probable:

nor by prophets; of which there was a school not far from him, even at Naioth in Ramah, of which Samuel in his lifetime was president; but neither by the one nor the other could Saul get an answer from God, who for his sins had departed from him. 28:1-6 David could not refuse Achish without danger. If he promised assistance, and then stood neuter, or went over to the Israelites, he would behave with ingratitude and treachery. If he fought against Israel, he would sin greatly. It seemed impossible that he should get out of this difficulty with a clear conscience; but his evasive answer, intended to gain time, was not consistent with the character of an Israelite indeed. Troubles are terrors to the children of disobedience. In his distress, Saul inquired of the Lord. He did not seek in faith, but with a double, unstable mind. Saul had put the law in force against those that had familiar spirits, Ex 22:18. Many seem zealous against, sin, when they are any way hurt by it, who have no concern for the glory of God, nor any dislike of sin as sin. Many seem enemies to sin in others, while they indulge it in themselves. Saul will drive the devil out of his kingdom, yet harbours him in his heart by envy and malice. How foolish to consult those whom, according to God's law, he had endeavoured to root out!
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