1 Samuel 16:14
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New International Version
Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

New Living Translation
Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

English Standard Version
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him.

New American Standard Bible
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

King James Bible
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and an evil spirit sent from the LORD began to torment him,

International Standard Version
The Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

NET Bible
Now the Spirit of the LORD had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

New Heart English Bible
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, the LORD's Spirit had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrified him.

New American Standard 1977
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

King James 2000 Bible
But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

American King James Version
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

American Standard Version
Now the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.

English Revised Version
Now the spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

World English Bible
Now the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Yahweh troubled him.

Young's Literal Translation
And the Spirit of Jehovah turned aside from Saul, and a spirit of sadness from Jehovah terrified him;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:14-23 Saul is made a terror to himself. The Spirit of the Lord departed from him. If God and his grace do not rule us, sin and Satan will have possession of us. The devil, by the Divine permission, troubled and terrified Saul, by the corrupt humours of his body, and passions of his mind. He grew fretful, peevish, and discontented, and at times a madman. It is a pity that music, which may be serviceable to the good temper of the mind, should ever be abused, to support vanity and luxury, and made an occasion of drawing the heart from God and serious things. That is driving away the good Spirit, not the evil spirit. Music, diversions, company, or business, have for a time often been employed to quiet the wounded conscience; but nothing can effect a real cure but the blood of Christ, applied in faith, and the sanctifying Spirit sealing the pardon, by his holy comforts. All other plans to dispel religious melancholy are sure to add to distress, either in this world or the next.
Study Bible
David Serves Saul
13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 14Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.…
Cross References
Judges 9:23
Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,

Judges 16:20
She said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And he awoke from his sleep and said, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.

1 Samuel 11:6
Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry.

1 Samuel 16:15
Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.

1 Samuel 16:16
"Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well."

1 Samuel 16:23
So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.

1 Samuel 18:10
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand.

1 Samuel 18:12
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

1 Samuel 19:9
Now there was an evil spirit from the LORD on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand.

1 Samuel 28:15
Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do."
Treasury of Scripture

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

the Spirit

1 Samuel 11:6 And the Spirit of God came on Saul when he heard those tidings, and …

1 Samuel 18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and …

1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disquieted me, to bring me …

Judges 16:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house …

Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that …

evil spirit The evil spirit was either sent immediately from the Lord, or per- mitted to come; but whether this was a diabolic possession, or a mere mental malady, is not agreed: it seems to have partaken of both. That Saul had fallen into a deep melancholy, there is little doubt; and that an evil spirit might work more effectually on such a state of mind, there can be little question. His malady appears to have been of a mixed kind, natural and diabolical: there is too much of an apparent nature in it to permit us to believe it was all spiritual; and there is too much of apparently supernatural influence, to suffer us to believe it was all natural.

1 Samuel 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God …

1 Samuel 19:9,10 And the evil spirit from the LORD was on Saul, as he sat in his house …

Judges 9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; …

1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, …

Acts 19:15,16 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; …

troubled. or, terrified

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