inquired not

1 Chronicles 10:14

10:14 inquired not. This statement seems at first to contradict that of I Samuel 28:6, which notes that, “when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not.” The problem is, however, that two different Hebrew words are involved. In I Chronicles 10:14, the word translated “inquired” is darash, conveying the idea of “earnestly seeking.” This Saul did not do. What he did was to “inquire” (Hebrew shaal) which suggests only that he asked in fear, without repentance or real faith. This kind of prayer the Lord does not honor.

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