Today's first reading describes how truly desperate Saul became, consumed by paranoia and devastated by the loss of divine favor. Afraid that he is about to lose a battle, the king seeks out advice wherever he can find it, including from a medium -- the witch of Endor -- who channels the prophet Samuel and a message of doom for the embattled king.
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The second selection describes the end of the house of Saul. After his sons are all killed in battle with the Philistines and he is wounded, Saul takes his own life by falling on his sword.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 Samuel 26-31 today.