1 Samuel 16:14

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an euil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the spirit of the Lord had gone from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord was troubling him.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

And the Spirit of Jehovah turned aside from Saul, and a spirit of sadness from Jehovah terrified him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now the spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrified him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:14


16:14 Departed - God took away that prudence, and courage, and alacrity, and other gifts wherewith be had qualified him for his public employment. From the Lord - That is, by God's permission, who delivered him up to be buffeted of Satan. Troubled - Stirred up in him unruly and tormenting passions; as envy, rage, fear, or despair. He grew fretful, and peevish, and discontented, timorous and suspicious, frequently starting and trembling.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 16:14

  • Themba nhlapo for verse 14
    If you disobbey God then u are obbeying or allowing someone to control you. God can allow the devil to tempt you like the story of Job.the evil spirit is not of God but of devil . in John 7 God says He has plans for us plans to prosper us not to hurm us
  • 1 Samuel 16:14 Talks about an evil spirit coming upon Saul. This "evil spirit" that is being spoken of is not of God. Notice that the word "spirit" is NOT capitalized. That is significant because all words that refer to God or His son or the Holy Spirit are capitalized. So therefore the evil spirit was not really from God, but from Saul choosing not to do what he wanted and not what God wanted. So basically God stepped back like Saul wanted Him to do and God let him go his own way which led to an evil spirit harassing him. It is easy to slip in our Christian walk with God and just get off track, but God will always be right there to pick you up when you ask Him to. He is always waiting for you to run into His arms, but until then He will faithfully love you and wait until you realize that you need Him again. God wants to be our strength. We just have to allow Him to be that strength.
  • Priscilla for verse 14
    "an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him"...this sentence makes me confuse....would the evil spirit come from God? Thanks Jesus bless

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