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And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:6 Baal-zebub. The name of this “god” of the Philistine city, Ekron, means “lord of the flies.” What a poor substitute for the true God of creation!

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