David escapes to the Philistine king Achish at Gath once more. Achish grants David Ziklag; the kings of Judah own it to this day. David wages battles against the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites, but tells Achish he fights against Judah. Achish believes him.
Philistines and Israel prepare to fight. Saul, who had banned all occult practices, is afraid; God does not respond to him through dreams or prophecies. Saul disguises himself and visits the witch of Endor. The witch is cagey, but is persuaded to summon up Samuel. Samuel upbraids him, tells him the Lord has departed from him, and that he will lose the battle. The witch tries to comfort Samuel!
The Philistines pitch their armies at Aphek, the Israelites at Jezreel. David is with Achish, but the Philistines become agitated that he will turn against them, and so he is sent home.
The Amalekites invade Zikrag, to which David has returned. Women are taken captive, including David’s two wives. God tells David (who dons an ephod to ask divine advice) to pursue the Amalekites. David goes with six hundred men, but leaves two hundred men at brooke Besor because they are too faint to be able to continue the pursuit. David and his four hundred men come across a starving Egyptian, abandoned because he had fallen sick. He Egyptian brings David and his company to the Amalekites, who are feasting and enjoying themselves. There is a great slaughter, and David manages to recover everything and everyone that had been taken away, including his two wives. David shares the spoils with the two hundred men at brooke Besor, despite some grumblings. He shares the spoils further with the elders of Judah.
The Philistines slay the Israelites at Mount Gilboa. Wishing to avoid death at the hands of the enemy, Saul asks his armourbearer to run him through. The armourbearer refuses, however, so Saul falls on his sword. The armourbearer does likewise, and Saul’s sons also die. Saul’s corpse is decapitated, and fastened to the wall of Bathshan, along with his sons. The men of Jabesh Gilead (presumably still grateful to Saul after he had delivered them from Nahash) rescue the corpses, burning and burying them properly.