Problem

Did Saul enquire of the LORD or not?

1 Samuel 28:6 - And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
1 Chronicles 10:14 - And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

In 1 Samuel it says that Saul enquired of the Lord, but in 1 Chronicles it says that Saul did not enquire of the Lord. What happened?


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This alleged contradiction is based on ignoring the context of the verses. You need to go back just one single verse to get the entire context, and if you look at 1 Chronicles 10:13 you will read that God is talking about Saul not enquiring of the Lord instead of going to the medium to talk to Samuel. 1 Samuel is simply talking about Saul not enquiring of the Lord during his battle that lead to his death. Thus, talking about completely different things, and taking out any possibility of there being a contradiction.

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