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one who casts spells, 1 one who conjures up spirits, 2 a practitioner of the occult, 3 or a necromancer. 4
Inside I am like wine which has no outlet, 1 like new wineskins 2 ready to burst!
So Saul instructed his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, 1 so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants replied to him, “There is a woman who is a medium in Endor.”
Do not turn to the spirits of the dead and do not seek familiar spirits 1 to become unclean by them. I am the Lord your God.
“‘The person who turns to the spirits of the dead and familiar spirits 2 to commit prostitution by going after them, I will set my face 3 against that person and cut him off from the midst of his people.
“‘A man or woman who 1 has in them a spirit of the dead or a familiar spirit 2 must be put to death. They must pelt them with stones; 3 their blood guilt is on themselves.’”
Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented over him and had buried him in Ramah, his hometown. 1 In the meantime Saul had removed the mediums 2 and magicians 3 from the land.
He passed his son 1 through the fire 2 and practiced divination and omen reading. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits, and appointed magicians to supervise it. 3 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 4
So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord and did not obey the Lord’s instructions; he even tried to conjure up underworld spirits. 1
The Egyptians will panic, 1 and I will confuse their strategy. 2 They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. 3
You will fall; while lying on the ground 1 you will speak; from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 2 Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 3 from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 4
So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothing and left, accompanied by two of his men. They came to the woman at night and said, “Use your ritual pit to conjure up for me the one I tell you.” 1
But the woman said to him, “Look, you are aware of what Saul has done; he has removed 1 the mediums and magicians 2 from the land! Why are you trapping me 3 so you can put me to death?”
He passed his sons through the fire 1 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 2 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 3
1 They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. 2 Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” 3
Josiah also got rid of 1 the ritual pits used to conjure up spirits, 2 the magicians, personal idols, disgusting images, 3 and all the detestable idols that had appeared in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way he carried out the terms of the law 4 recorded on the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the Lord’s temple.